Sophia Bush is opening up about body image and empowering women.
During an appearance on the Today show this week, the actress and outspoken advocate discussed her favorite charity, I Am That Girl, which works to encourage girls to feel strong, secure and beautiful in their own bodies.
"I've spent so much time talking to women about, ‘Hey, I may be on TV and I may be photographed for magazines, but I don't think I'm perfect. I don't wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and go, ‘Hey, I'm amazing!' That's not how it is," Bush said. "I'm a women and it's a struggle for all of us."
She continued, "And it took me until this point in my life at 31 to say, ‘Hey, yeah I'm going to embrace my body and own it for me, not anyone else. And I'm curvy. I'm not some rail-thin, 6-foot-tall runway model who was just born that way. I was born like this. And that's A-OK.' And the conversations that have sort of come out of that, the conversations about feeling empowered in our skin rather than comparing ourselves to other women have been a really great byproduct actually of that whole shoot."
Bush's beautiful message of self-esteem and empowerment sure resonated with lots of fans. The actress has been getting messages on Twitter all morning, including one user who wrote, "@iamthatgirl and @SophiaBush are kicking butt & empowering all women to LOVE themselves AS THEY ARE! Thx! #LoveYourSelfie."
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