1 of 12
"One day you'll appreciate how much your brown skin shines in the moonlight, glistens in the sun and ages ever so slowly. Don't let that pesky low self-esteem creep in and fool you into believing that you don't have value … don't allow it to crush your will or dampen your spirit."
2 of 12
"You're going to feel some serious heartbreak. You're going to feel some proper things, and the reason why it's going to hurt so much it's because, that heartbreak is going to make you doubt yourself. You put yourself out on a plate, and you bare everything, and someone says that they don't really like that, so that makes you feel like you're not worth it. But you are, and there are lots of people who are going to tell you that you're worth it. The people in your life when all the lights are off, the real people you really love, just hug them like everyday."
3 of 12
"Fashion will take on added stature one day, but try not to be stifled by it. You will learn, as you mature, to swap heels for Stan Smith trainers, minidresses for crisp white shirts. And you will never be one of those people who just roll out of bed."
4 of 12
"Never get married is number one. That's probably the best advice I could give myself."
5 of 12
"I would still tell myself to talk less, but I tell myself that everyday, and I don't listen."
6 of 12
"Everything happens for a reason. The highs. The lows. It's all for a higher development. And I would not stress about the down times. That's part of one's evolution."
7 of 12
"Baz Luhrmann probably said it best: 'Remember to wear sunscreen.' That's probably it, right? And be careful when you're on motorcycles."
8 of 12
"When people call you fat and imperfect, simply remember you can sing circles around them."
9 of 12
"Dear 19-year-old Laverne, I want you to know you are beautiful and that you are not what all those people who don't understand you say about you. You are beautiful, smart and amazing. You are not crazy for knowing you're a girl. This knowledge about who you are is not a disappointment to anyone, but an acknowledgment of God's plan for you. Don't take your beauty or thinness for granted. You are not fat. Relish your high metabolism. It's okay to feel the pain you're in. It won't kill you. The sooner you allow yourself to feel the pain, the sooner you can let it go. You deserve to be loved and cherished. Any man who doesn’t show you how much he loves and cherishes you, you need to move away from. You are divinely made and anointed."
10 of 12
"I would probably say don't go too fast. Put yourself first, and just breathe. Be happy and always be grateful for the moment you have in front of you. Be here, now."
11 of 12
"Stop with the self-tanner! It's enough."
12 of 12
"When you think that something is about you, 99.999 percent it's not. Nothing is ever about you."
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