Kelly Osbourne opens up about overcoming public criticism to embrace herself for who she is

By Gabrielle Olya
Updated March 21, 2016 03:05 PM
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Even though she grew up with fame and fortune, Kelly Osbourne still experienced the same self-consciousness and insecurities that everyone else faces.

“A big misconception about fame is that sometimes people forget that you are human; that you too deal with the issues that all women face, ranging from self-worth, body image, societal beauty standards, and the feeling of needing to be perfect,” she shared as part of Mogul’s #IAmAMogul campaign.

Osbourne, 31, struggled with the sometimes harsh labels given to her by the media and the public – and admits those words really got to her at times.

“I have been publicly labeled everything from a drug addict, fat, a racist, a spoilt brat, talentless, too skinny to America’s Sweetheart,” she wrote. “As a result of this, I would do anything to not be me. I would go to bed praying to wake up anyone else but myself.”

Osbourne says she finally came to the realization that she would never be able to please everyone, and that she shouldn’t have to.

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“One day, I woke up sick and tired of being sick and tired, and realized that the only thing that I will ever be, is me! So, why not be the best me that I can be because I am never going to be perfect or someone else,” she said.

“I discovered that I never wanted to be the skinniest, the prettiest, the smartest, the funniest, the tallest [or] the best at anything! Because you know what? There will always be someone ‘better,’ ” she continued. “You can’t change who you are, but you can change your actions. My wish is that girls and women stop competing with each other and learn that we are our best allies.”