Plus, she shares exactly how she learned to love her body.

By Macaela Mackenzie
Updated: September 06, 2018
Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

At this point in the body positivity conversation, it should be pretty clear that everyone deals with body image issues-yep, even on-top-of-the-world celebrities who have an army of trainers, nutritionists, and stylists at their disposal. (And it's not just here in the U.S.-body image issues are an international problem.)

Janet Jackson, a new mom and crazy-fit 52-year-old who has spent nearly her whole life working it in the spotlight, admits she has looked in the mirror and hated her reflection. "I would look in the mirror and start crying," she said in an interview with InStyle published this week. "I didn't like that I was not attractive. I didn't like anything about me."

But after spending so much time critiquing her body, she revealed she's learned a lot about body image-and being secure with herself. "A lot of it has to do with experience, getting older. Understanding, realizing that there isn't just one thing that is considered beautiful," she said. "Beautiful comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors." (Related: Janet Jackson's Trainer Shares How She Helped Her Get Into The Best Shape of Her Life.)

Okay, but how did she actually get to that healthy mindset? Jackson shared her strategy for learning to love her body one step at a time-and it's kind of brilliant. "I had to find something in my body that I loved, and that was difficult for me to do. At first, I couldn't find anything but I wound up falling in love with the small of my back," she said. "And then from there I found more things."

Jackson also said therapy helped her get to a healthier place, both with her body and her mental health. "Growing up and being in this business…you had to be a certain size. You had to be thin to be an entertainer…That can really mess with you," she said. "I went to therapy, which was all about finding that thing you like about yourself." (Related: Why Everyone Should Try Therapy at Least Once)

The lesson: Sometimes learning to love your body starts with picking just one tiny, random thing and letting that seed grow. It can be a slow process, but that's okay.

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