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Yes, Shay Mitchell used to be totally insecure — can you believe it? The star of Pretty Little Liars recently admitted that she used to do all kinds of things to change her looks, like dying her hair blonde and putting in blue contacts.

She told Teen Vogue,

“I was always trying to be something that I wasn’t.”

Luckily, she eventually figured out that she’s pretty awesome just as she is!

“As I got older, I started to realize that what I was born with is what I should be celebrating. There’s no one else out there just like you. We should be celebrating our uniqueness. I didn’t have to dye my hair as much, I didn’t have to wear those contacts, I didn’t have to try so hard to be something that I wasn’t.”

Even better, she’s become a role model for other girls (like us!). Fans come up to her and tell her, “Oh, you look similar to me. I’ve always stood out, and it’s nice seeing someone who is of mixed heritage too.”

That’s so sweet! And we love that Shay stays true to her look, she’s so beautiful after all!

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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.