Whoever still thinks young actresses can’t give thoughtful interview clearly never opened Marie Claire’s August issue. Not only did the glossy include the usual style and beauty advice, but it also featured an moving piece about its cover star, Kristen Stewart.
What? That girl from Twilight? Yeah, that’s her. And while she positively stunned in the editorial photos (see a few above and below), the real gem is the accompanying text.
As far as interviews, go it covered all the usual bases: her childhood, rise to fame, current projects, etc. But it also offered an insightful look into Stewart’s fight to find happiness, and how she finally did it. She is candid about her struggles with what she calls a “progression of self-hatred.” Growing up, she suffered from crippling anxiety that made her want to hide from the world. And while an adolescence in the spotlight contributed to her plight, it was by no means it’s sole cause. The fact is that people everywhere- insecure teenagers especially- face a similar battle with making peace with themselves. This is a huge part of what makes Kristen’s story so inspiring: After years of getting “slapped down,” she has reached the light at the end of that very long tunnel.
In speaking about her journey, Kristen shared a lot of wisdom. My favorite quote is this: “At one point, you just have to let go and give yourself to your life.” This idea really echoes the idea of living authentically, which is something I’ve thought a lot about recently. In the article, Kristen goes on to describe how letting go has given her a whole new quality of life.
This is something we can all relate to: In those rare moments when we relinquish control and trust that the universe will work itself out, that is when we unlock the greatest sense of inner peace. The problem is that so many of us – myself included – struggle to maintain this mindset 24/7. And we can’t blame ourselves: the thought of letting go is scary! But Kristen’s story should if nothing else serve as a testament to the magic that can happen when you do just that.
I really hope that Kristen Stewart keeps talking about her experiences. With her relatable honesty and sense of self, there’s no doubt she is set to be the voice of generation. So keep it coming, Kristen. ‘Cause we’re all ears.
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