Chantelle Brown-Young: My Story is Painted On My Body at TEDxTeen (Transcript)

So I decided to go to that side. I would pick on kids. And I would be like, “So ugly your hair!” “Ugh, who did that?” “Rude, right?”

But I came to a realization that I was trying to put myself into a mold that I didn’t fit. I mean, who’s to say that I’m supposed to fit in a mold anyway? I can make my own. So, I decided that I was going to take myself away from this side and away from this side, and make my own side, and fit myself a new mold. And that mold is so cliché, but I feel that there is beauty in everything.

So, I just want to put this idea in your head, that it takes one person to realize that there is beauty in everything. And you don’t have to be on one side of the spectrum or the other side of the spectrum, or fit into someone’s mold, your mom’s mold, whoever’s mold that you are trying to fit into. Be your own person. Know for yourself what beauty is rather than looking to a magazine or to even me for what beauty is. Know it in your heart, and make your own mold for what beauty is.


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