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Singer JoJo has had a shaky relationship with the industry that made her famous. In 2014, following a year-long battle with record company Blackground Records, JoJo was finally freed from her contract and allowed to sign with Atlantic. She recently opened up about her experiences growing up in the public eye for Motto, and what she has to say about self-doubt and body positivity breaks our hearts.

JoJo begins her essay quite powerfully:

You go, girl.

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JoJo, however, wasn’t always so confident. After all, we must remember that she landed her first record contract at age twelve. She writes:

How many of us have felt “not pretty enough” for our chosen career paths? Or for that cute boy we’re crushing on? Either way, it’s bullsh*t.

JoJo then describes how she “restricted calories and took supplements and even injections to lose weight” that she now admits “I didn’t need to lose. It was the unhealthiest thing I’ve ever done.” She writes:

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We’re so grateful that JoJo opened up about these struggles. It lets the rest of us know that we aren’t alone when we stare in the mirror and feel “not good enough.” Clearly, Barbie Ferreira needs to have her on her “Body Party” show.

JoJo ends her article with some real words of wisdom:

We love you, JoJo! Thank you for opening up to us and sharing your hard-earned wisdom!