“When I saw photos of myself, I would think, I look awful,” the 21-year-old tells the publication. “There’s a double chin! I never thought I’d be a pop star. I don’t look like Rihanna.”
But all that changed after filming the video for her curvy-girl anthem “All About That Bass.” “After the video for ‘All About That Bass’ came out…when I was signing autographs, this girl came up to me bawling and said, ‘You make me feel pretty again. Thank you,’” she recalls. “It really resonated with me that this girl was so gorgeous, and she didn’t even know it.”
Now, Meghan says she makes sure to tell herself she looks good. “So now when I see pictures, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, why would I hate myself at all? I look incredible in that picture!’” she says.
In fact, she’s been too busy loving herself and her newfound success to find love with a guy. But that’s okay with her.
“I knew my life would be complicated if my dreams of becoming a success in music came true,” she says. “And I knew I’d have to work hard to achieve those dreams, and that they’d have to take a front seat in my life. So even though I went cray in high school, now I haven’t kissed a boy in forever. I keep telling myself that the right guy is going to be worth the wait. When I find the one, it’s going to be like, ‘Damn, that’s why you took so long! ’Cause you’re awesome!’”
Meghan says the biggest lesson she’s learned so far is to not let anything stand in the way of your dreams — especially your own doubts and insecurities. “No matter how big your dream is or how ridiculous you think it is, you can’t doubt it — you have to believe in it,” she says. “Because it will happen.”
The March issue of Seventeen hits stands February 17.
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