Raven Symone: I Think I’m Beautiful!

Raven Symone: I Think I’m Beautiful!

Former That’s So Raven star Raven Symone says that whenever she needs a self-esteem boost, she goes right back to the person who’s always been there — her mom.

The 23-year-old actress dished to People about handling the criticism on her weight. Here’s what she had to say:

On her biggest fan: “She’ll [my mom] call me and say, ‘You’re very pretty.’ I’m like, ‘Thanks, Mommy!’ and that’s my confidence for the day.”

On the body critics: “People come up to me and have certain words for me, but you know what I do? I say, ‘I’m healthy, I exercise, I believe in myself, and I think I’m beautiful’.”

On how she ignores the haters: “You just have to learn how to transform the pressures into something that doesn’t soak into you on a personal level. You see it, you breathe past it, you don’t let it sink into your self-esteem.”

Later today, Raven is helping out at a Dove-sponsored self-esteem workshop hoping to boost girl’s self confidence in themselves in Cape May, N.J.

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  • tristanking

    hate her.

  • mike

    why??? i love her! you go girl!!!!

  • http://blablabla.com marie

    Love her!

  • lilix

    well said raven! U ARE AMAZING n beauty takes different shapes! it has to do with ATTITUDE!

  • EVERY1ROXX

    yea! man I miss her show. she was soo pretty on there and funny! hope she keeps acting

  • savannah

    Awh. I miss ravennn =/ She’s still my favorite DC actress :]

    She is beautiful, I always thought she was. I’m happy that none of the ‘haters’ brought her down.

  • http://? Elisabeth gacita

    SHE IS THE BEST!!!!
    GOD! I miss her show, they don’t send it more here i Denmark, it was the best DC show ever and she is soooo awesome!!! /;

    Love ya Raven <3

  • just

    I MISS HER SHOW SO MUCH, I LOVE HER SHE MADE THE DISNEY CHANNEL AMAZING, I MISS YOU RAVEN COME BACK PLEASE COME BACK I CRIED WHEN UR SHOW ENDED.

  • Chocolate amber

    Raven is a much better role-model for plus-size young woman than Nikki Blonsky will ever hope to be.

  • riana

    Yea cuz nikki blonsky got arrested an i think nikki is too fat- raven started off skinny, then curvy, then fat in the second cheetah girls movie i think shes at a good size now in college road trip

  • jiji

    Raven isnt ”fat”.

  • cynthia.

    I MISS RAVEN SHOW !!! AND I MISS RAVEN SHE WAS THE BEST ON DC !! YOU GO GIRL :D! LOVEE YOUU
    i agree to you #8 !! PLEASE RAVEN COME BACK !

  • jordan

    i think it pretty trif people are so judmental about bigger girls. like not everyone is skinny people have diffrent jeans in there family. nikki is heavy but i mean she it gettin more money than any of yall. it not kool to say she fat cuz i belive she juss overweight fat is tha 1/2 ton people on tlc who cant get outaa tha bed them seleves… think about it..

  • Tia

    gorjuzz. she is perfect the way she is and she is a great rolemodel.

  • Angelica

    you go girlll!!!!! just be yourself

  • http://thatshideous.com deka

    it’s great that she’s confident and has a positive self-image
    but losing 20 lbs would be heart-healthy and add years to her life.

  • kris

    some people are just naturally bigger. she said she’s healthy and thats just her body shape. plus she’s not really big. she has curves and reflects what most women in america look like. i’m tall and skinny and i look up to her and thinks she’s beautiful.

  • ariana

    i agree with number 10 in the cheeta girls 2 she was fat

    she was a normal healthy size in the first few seasons of thats so raven then she started to get heavy

  • ariana

    i also agree with #16 she should lose at least 20 pounds

  • Ava

    You know, as much as I love for someone to be confident in themselves, when you are overweight it isn’t healthy. Period. I was over weight and went a low fat diet and stopped eating fried foods, and the pounds flew off. Raven is just being lazy because she doesn;t want to lose weight. Queen Latifah said the same thing and she is now a spokeswoman for Jenny. Raven, please for YOUR HEALTH lose weight. IF you exercise and eat right and you are just heavily built then that is one thing, but I bet her Doctor would tell her different.

  • ilovezacefron.

    RAVEN IS SOOOOOOOOO PRETTTYYY!!!

    SHE IS A REAL ROLE MODEL!

    unlike these other disney stars…’vanessa hudgens…miley’

    She is AMAZING! & SO FUNNY!

    RAVEN ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) <33

  • http://JUSTJAREDJR *Peace*Love* & *NICK JONAS*

    Well didnt she think wrong.

  • julie

    She is very healthy, she is just naturally like this. She eats right and she does excercise but some people go through this, they are naturally curvy and on, Raven is amazing she is an amazing young role model to millions of kids I look up to her and she makes me a better person. I LOVE BRENDA SONG AND RAVEN SYMONE

  • HsM_GiU

    Raven is So Rocks!!!!!!!

    I Love HERRRRR!!!!!

    SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND FUNNY GIRL!!!

    GO RAVEN!

  • dALILA bRAZIL

    She is pretty!

  • Wildcat37

    raven is awesome, shes beautiful and shes a natural actress and im sure she inspires alot of girls with her skills and humor, i relly like her :)

  • CaThErInE.M. ViLLa

    When is she losing weight

  • kim

    I dont really know her but she seems nice .. but I don’t like the fact that she says that she’s healthy all the time .. If you are overweight its not right to go and tell people its ok to be like that .. she’s overweight and she shouldn’t say that she is healthy and all.. some people tend to be like its healthy or ok to be fat but if you are skinny its because youre not healthy and youre under pressure to be thin and everything ..

  • katie

    OYYYYY!!!!!!!

  • Cristina

    She´s too pretty!
    I miss her :/
    YOU`RE THE BEST RAVEN!
    How can a “person” hate you ?
    Haters! Go away!! and hate yourself cause for that you have reason!
    Love ya girl!

  • http://ithinksimbutiful chance

    raven is hot and always will she may have lost some wate but not her chest you n know whtat im sayin ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha h ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha aha ha ahaha aha ha ha ha ha ha

  • latisha

    I THINK RAVEN SYMONE IS A PRETTY

    YOUNG WOMAN!!!