The singer opens up to Seventeen about how she got over her insecurities and gained body confidence

By Gabrielle Olya
Updated February 11, 2015 04:10 PM
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While Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” is all about body confidence, the singer confesses she didn’t always feel proud of her curves.

When I saw photos of myself, I would think, ‘I look awful,'” the singer, 21, tells Seventeen in the magazine’s March issue. “‘There’s a double chin!'”

Those insecurities led Trainor to doubt her chances at becoming a successful artist.

“I never thought I’d be a pop star,” she told the mag. “I don’t look like Rihanna.”

Her perspective changed after the video for “All About That Bass” was released and she began getting positive feedback from fans.

“When I was signing autographs, this girl came up to me bawling and said, ‘You make me feel pretty again. Thank you,’ ” Trainor recalled. “It really resonated with me that this girl was so gorgeous, and she didn’t even know it.”

The Grammy-nominated singer now stays positive about her own appearance through self-affirming thoughts.

“It’s a mental thing,” she explained. “Just recently I was thinking, ‘I’m confident now, and I look good,’ and that’s because I’ve started saying those words out loud more. 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!'”