Singer JoJo has come to appreciate her cellulite more than ever before.
The 25-year-old pop star, real name Joanna Levesque, admits she suffered tremendously from authority figures who criticized her body when she first broke out into the music industry as a teenager following the success of her hit 2004 single Leave (Get Out).
"In my early career, I felt like a product," JoJo admitted in a new essay she wrote for Motto. "When I was 19, that feeling was confirmed. I was told that I didn’t look good enough to sell the music I was making.
"Other female artists were brought up and my image was compared to theirs. The president of my former label sat me down and told me that losing weight was 'about my health'. But we both knew it wasn’t... I lived an active and balanced life. It hurt and affected me deeply, but I didn’t want anything to hold me back from moving forward with my career.
"Instead of rebelling or saying, 'Go f**k yourself', I wanted to make myself into a better product. So I restricted calories and took supplements and even injections to lose weight I didn’t need to lose. It was the unhealthiest thing I’ve ever done."
But these days putting her health in danger to fit some type of popular beauty image is something she refuses to do.
"Today, the comparison game is one I will not play," she declares. "I refuse. Trying to measure up to what anyone else seems perfect does nothing for my health, mentally or physically, nor does it get me any further in my growth as an artist."
JoJo has never felt more comfortable in her skin and she is planning on keeping her body confidence high far into the future.
"I will never have a thigh gap," she states. "Nobody has ever worried the wind might 'wooooosh' a little bit too hard and knock me down. At 25, I’m a brick house adorned with battle scars and cellulite, curves and confidence. Some days I have abs, sometimes meh… I don’t know where they go. And you know what? It’s all good."