When you’re a kid, it’s easy to feel out of place. It can happen to anyone, even the people who grow up to be models. That’s Dana Patterson‘s story. The curvy model wrote a letter to her younger self to explain that as much as she used to hate her thighs and her skin and her “Hagrid hair,” she’s thankful for it all now.
Patterson wants others to share similar letters using the hashtag #DearYoungerMe, so that young girls and boys struggling with loving themselves can learn that beauty doesn’t look one specific way. Check out Patterson’s full letter below: