Meghan Trainor on Confidence and How She Changed Her Body Image
Bona fide pop princess Meghan Trainor is one of our favorite breakout stars of last year—but while her chart-topping hit "All About That Bass" inspires girl power and confidence, Trainor wasn't always immune to self-doubt, herself.
Growing up, Meghan Trainor was never sure she fit the mold of a traditional pop singer.
“When I saw photos of myself, I would think, I look awful," she recently told Seventeen. "There’s a double chin! I never thought I’d be a pop star. I don’t look like Rihanna. [Then] after the video for 'All About That Bass' came out…when I was signing autographs, this girl came up to me bawling and said, ‘You make me feel pretty again. Thank you.’"
That one encounter with a fan completely changed the way she thought about herself.
"It really resonated with me that this girl was so gorgeous, and she didn’t even know it," Trainor said. "It’s a mental thing. Just recently I was thinking, I’m confident now, and I look good, and that’s because I’ve started saying those words out loud more. So now when I see pictures, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, why would I hate myself at all? I look incredible in that picture!’"
I love this story because it shows how one person and one chance encounter can totally inspire someone else—and that someone else can go out and inspire millions of other people with her work. What do you think?