Janet Jackson Confesses She Used To Cry In Front Of The Mirror Because Of Her Body Image Issues

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Janet Jackson opened up about her struggles with body image in a new interview with InStyle.

Growing up in the music business, Janet was constantly picked apart for her appearance.

Naturally, she developed a lot of insecurity over her looks.

“I would look in the mirror and start crying. I didn’t like that I was not attractive,” the 52-year-old recalls. “I didn’t like anything about me.”

But over time, Janet grew to embrace her appearance. She realized that some of her so-called “flaws” weren’t that bad after all.

“I wound up falling in love with the small of my back. And then from there, I found more things. And then finally realizing my smile isn’t that bad after all.

I thought I looked like the Joker because it was so big.”

The singer worked hard to find the beauty in herself. After decades of insecurity, she seems “lighter” than ever, InStyle reports.

But it wasn’t easy to get there. Janet credits therapy and age for the shift in thinking.

“A lot of it has to do with experience, getting older,” she explains. “Understanding, realizing that there isn’t just one thing that is considered beautiful.”

Then there’s the gift of her son, Eissa Al Mana, who’s now 20 months old. Janet says she feels “most beautiful” when she’s with her son “because of the gift that God has given me and that he allowed me to do so at that age.”

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