Danielle Brooks is proudly speaking on the love she has for her physical form–flaws and all. The Orange is the New Black actress has pushed beyond the shaming of societal expectations and imposed insecurities.
“Sometimes I’ll look at myself and be like, ‘Dang girl, you got a lot of stretch marks.’ But then I’m like, ‘That’s just the road map of my strength,’ ” Brooks told People Magazine in their 2017 Most Beautiful Woman issue–which also includes a no makup shoot. “They remind me of things that I’ve gone through. I need to just embrace them and celebrate them. For the most part, I find ways to embrace my body.”
Despite the hearty amount of confidence this beautiful actress contains, she has her doubts from time to time–even with the idea of going bare faced for People’s camera.
“I kept calling my manager and being like, ‘Are we really doing this?? Why are we doing this?? Ahhhhh!’ But I was the one who wanted to do it!” she said.
But in the end, her butterflies were minuscule in the full scope of the shoot’s purpose.
“I knew that this moment was going to empower a lot of people, and a lot of people were going to feel like they could see themselves in me, and they could discover their own beauty. And that to me is what it’s all about,” she said. “We all have to find our way to leave a mark in this world, and if I could help one person know that they are beautiful, I’ve done my job.”