ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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Jancy Richardson

Kristen Stewart has been coming into her own recently. This fierce, talented young woman has proven that, while she's proud of her Twilight roots, she's emerged as a successful actress in her own right, showing a discerning taste for challenging roles.

Still, it's her transformation as a person that has been truly inspiring to watch. After much media attention surrounding her girlfriend, Alicia Cargile, and her supposed 'no smile' policy, Kristen has grown to accept herself.

She spoke openly with Marie Claire about her personal journey, describing her split with her past demons dramatically:

I lit my universe on fire and I watched it burn.

The pressures of fame and paparazzi at an early age hit hard for Kristen, especially as a young woman who refused to be 'accessible, easy, and uncomplicated':

Speaking very candidly, it was a really traumatic period in my early 20s that kick-started something in me that was a bit more... feral.

Between ages 15 and 20, it was really intense. I was constantly anxious. I was kind of a control freak. If I didn’t know how something was going to turn out, I would make myself ill, or just be locked up or inhibited in a way that was really debilitating.

I’m really proud that I am able to move forward and not fall into every mental crater. That’s a new thing for me. Age has made me smarter and calmer. And it is fucking awesome.

Kristen's empowering change has been internal, which has positively affected her expression on the outside. With her cool, androgynous haircut and comfy style, she just looks more at home in her own skin. She acknowledges the happiness she's found after shedding her old look:

My hair was such a crutch. I looked quote unquote ‘sexy’ no matter what. I could hide behind it. As soon as I didn’t have all that hair, I had to let my face hang out. I felt more confident than I had in a really long time. And it felt really good.
Maybe to most people long hair is prettier. But then what? Is your main goal in life to be desired? That is boring as fuck.

Well said, Kristen!

So, what's next for Kristen Stewart? Well, she's certainly not going to be apologizing to people hating on her:

Lately, I’ve been doing less of the ‘I’m sooooo sorry.’

Watch out for Kristen's upcoming roles in Parisian fashion ghost thriller Personal Shopper and stoner spy movie American Ultra, but most of all, watch and smile as she continues to grow as a person and as an actress.

Source: Marie Claire, Got Celeb

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