Teenage years can be challenging for anyone. Throw into the mix two famous parents and a modelling career from the age of 14, and you have a lot of pressure on young shoulders.
That's not to mention the attention and scrutinization that being a model brings. When Kendall Jenner suffered from acne, a combination of all of these external pressures left her self esteem destroyed.
Speaking in a blog post, titled My Struggled With Acne, she said:
"It completely ruined my self-esteem. I wouldn't even look at people when I talked to them. I felt like such an outcast; when I spoke, it was with my hand covering my face."
The daughter of Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner said her acne began before her modelling career, when she was 12 or 13.
This effected her confidence so much, she didn't have the courage to approach the opposite sex:
"Sure, I had crushes in high school, but I wouldn't even think about looking at guys."
It's a sad state of affairs when a teenager feels the struggle of having to look perfect, but I'm delighted Kendall has found the inner strength to look beyond such imperfections.
“I remember on Christmas Eve one year, I was sitting in my bedroom upstairs crying and Kim [Kardashian West] walked in and we talked about it together — she felt so bad for me.”
Although her skin is now clearing up with the help of a dermatologist, Kendall states it was a slow process feeling comfortable about her skin.
She's now learnt that there is more to life, and it's a normal process of growing up. At the age of 19, she's now see's things the way they really are, defiantly stating:
“Slowly, I’m working towards not caring and I’m just in so much of a better place about it all now that I’m older.
“I realized that it’s a part of life for some people and it doesn’t define who you are.”
I'm impressed by her approach, even more so how she's overcome her feelings of low self esteem and continued to be a successful model, as well as a TV presenter.
Speaking out on the subject is sure to make her a role model for teenagers around the same age, and that alone makes her worthy of praise!