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Hayden Panettiere’s Shocking Body Image Issues: I Had Body Dysmorphia For “So Long”

Hayden Panettiere may have grown up in the spotlight, playing perfect blonde cheerleaders that make everyone else insecure, but in a recent interview with Women’s Health magazine, the actress admits that she has definitely had her fair share of body image issues.

When Hayden was just 16 years old, a tabloid published an image of the actress’s backside with the word “cellulite” plastered in giant letters across the photo.

“I was mortified,” the former Heroes actress tells Women’s Health magazine in a recent interview. “It gave me such body dysmorphia for so long. But I remember reminding myself that beauty is an opinion, not a fact. And it has always made me feel better.”

Seven years later at age 23, Hayden thankfully seems to be at total peace with herself.

“People can tell when you’re happy with being you and when you’re not,” she said. “As I’ve gotten older and grown into my body, I’ve started realizing that the way you carry yourself and that light coming out of your eyes are the most attractive things about you.”

Source: Us Weekly

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Note: The article has been updated to reflect the correct number of years passed. Thanks, Wetpaint Entertainment readers!

10.4.2012 / 03:35 AM EDT by Sarah Korones
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