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Meghan Overdeep
Jul 22, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

Brie Larson took to Instagram with a powerful message about beauty, self-esteem and confidence on Thursday. The 26-year-old Oscar winner posted a throwback photo of herself from the 2013 Maui Film Festival—long before she became a Hollywood A-lister—with an inspiring message about loving yourself.

"It shocked me to find this photo because I remember the day so well. I was respected enough to be honored at the Maui Film Festival—but not known enough to have a stylist or 'glam squad,'" Larson began the caption of the fresh-faced photo of herself (below) wearing a floral print sheath dress.

"I found this Madewell dress in my closet. The most I knew how to do for grooming was pin half of it back and blink on a few coats of mascara," she explained. "Before we went to the ceremony I felt flashes of embarrassment—I worried I was too fat, too ugly, too depressingly banal to be honored. I cringed to take photos."

 

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"But today I see this moment and feel only love for myself. There is nothing wrong with this person. She is honest and beautiful and committed to showing up for this life. I wish I saw myself then as I see myself now. There is no need to waste your time working to be anything other than you," the Room star went on to write.

"So hey, #tbt—hank you for the chance to honor all the hilarious ways we didn't know ourselves upon first meeting, and all the exciting new ways we get to know ourselves while we keep living."

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Well said, Brie. You never cease to inspire.

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