Hailee Steinfeld has made it pretty clear that she loves herself and doesn’t need anybody else (… good luck getting that song out of your head for the rest of the day), but, as it turns out, that wasn’t always the case.
According to People, when Steinfeld was growing up, she felt self-conscious that she was always the tallest girl in the room. “In school, I was always taller than everybody else and I didn’t necessarily love it. I felt like it made me stand out in a way I didn’t want to stand out in,” the Pitch Perfect 2 star told the outlet at the Billboard Music Awards and Elle magazine’s Women in Music event.
As Steinfeld’s gotten older (and become an A-list actress/chart-topping singer/awards show staple) she’s learned to embrace her height and find confidence in her 5’8″ frame. “Now I can appreciate it. I feel really comfortable showing off my legs,” she says. “I love myself for that. Sometimes I wish I could be taller. Thank God for heels because we can do that!”
Steinfeld’s newest single, “Most Girls” sums up her experience of learning to feel comfortable in her own skin. “That song is about waking up and being whoever you want to be whenever you want to be that,” she tells People. “With that song, I’ve had the most fun performing in sweatpants to mini dresses to jeans and a tank top.”
“You know some days you feel so good in your own skin/But it’s okay if you wanna change the body that you came in,” she sings in the song, as Genius cites. “‘Cause you look greatest when you feel like a damn queen/We’re all just playing a game in a way, trying to win at life.”
Hailee Steinfeld’s statements about her height show that she’s a true embodiment of everything she’s singing about. And in case you needed further proof of her newfound confidence, her height-flaunting red-carpet looks of late pretty much sum it up (hello, Met Gala short shorts and heeled booties).
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