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Jazz Jennings on Learning to Love Yourself

Jazz Jennings on Learning to Love Yourself

Jazz Jennings, 15, has spent most of her life in the spotlight. At just six, she made her TV debut in a 20/20 interview with Barbara Walters; Jazz was schooling millions on what it really means to be transgender before most of us had even started kindergarten. She's since landed a TV show and written a book, all before getting her driver's license. Impressive, right? Though she may be young, she's overflowing with wisdom, so she filled us in on her new memoir Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen and her tips for dealing with haters here. 

On being in the spotlight...
It is hard sometimes, especially since I don't like to have too much attention. I prefer to be alone, or hang out with one or two friends. It's hard for me to open up and reach out to so many people. But I know I'm doing it for the benefit of others, and I know I have to continue because it is making a difference for so many kids out there who might be struggling or who just don't understand what it means to be transgender. I tell myself that this isn't about me, but more about the message and what it's doing for others.

On learning to do your own thing...
It's really hard to be yourself when society is trying to tell you that you have to follow a certain image or be a certain thing. But you have to tell yourself that no one else defines you except for you. It's important to listen to what your heart says, and do what you want to do. Do what you're passionate about. Be who you want to be. And live by that. The most important thing is loving yourself. Loving yourself is just a beautiful thing. Once you love yourself, it really opens up the doors to authenticity and to expressing that love towards other people.

On internet haters...
Haters can be so annoying sometimes, I have to say. You can't listen to them. If they're saying something that's completely negative and cruel, why would you want to take their advice? I'd prefer to listen to someone with a positive outlook who is encouraging me to do better things and accomplish my goals. I try not to listen to the haters. I tell myself that they are just not worth it. If they're going to judge me without understanding the content of my character, then why would I value their opinion? For me, it motivates me to continue sharing my story, knowing that there are still people out there who are ignorant, uneducated, and need to learn, it inspires me to reach that audience and let them know that they have to accept the transgender community. I'm a firm believer that love trumps hate. Seeing the positive comments, it completely outweighs all the negativity.

On dealing with depression...
It's really hard sometimes. I get super moody or very depressed at certain moments. Having the love and support of my family definitely helps. They always want to see me happy and smiling. But it's also an inner resolve that I have to figure it out. Deep inside, I have to tell myself to snap out of it, to stop freaking out, to focus, and to think positive. A positive attitude is what drives me forward.

On embracing body-confidence...
I think happiness is healthy. If you're feeling down about fitting in and looking thin and all that, it can be hard sometimes when society thinks that a certain size is the perfect size. If I'm happier not focusing on dieting and doing my own thing, then I'm happier. And I'm healthy.

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