David Livingston/Getty ImagesTamar Braxton is opening up about some of her early struggles in the music industry in a new, revealing, Instagram post.
Sharing a throwback photo of herself from 1996, Braxton says growing up, she had major issues with her appearance and still does now, partly due to a record exec’s comments.
“It’s so funny how you see yourself then, and how it parallels to now,” she said, noting that she considered herself “fat” in the photo.
“I STILL struggle with body dysmorphia to THIS DAY,” she writes, “All because a record executive told me I was too fat at 11 to be more of a ‘commercial’ artist…only to end up having BIG R&B hits TODAY!!!”
Tamar explains that she and her sisters endured that type of criticism throughout their career and are currently dealing with it now — just in another form.
“We STARTED having major OVER THE TOP family issues because some network wanted to compete with old love and hip hop numbers, and felt that our family was to ‘perfect’ and unrelatable,” she writes. “But only to realize that our problems are JUST like everyone else’s. AND this BLACK FAMILY IS FINE THE WAY WE ARE!!!!”
She adds, “I must mention we must be like somebody’s family cause our ‘boring’ family has the LONGEST running BLACK family reality show EVER in HISTORY.”
However, Tamar ends on a positive note, telling fans to that they shouldn’t let others “turn you into whatever they want you to be for their benefit!”
“We put ourselves through hell to be however someone else sees us..how about if you are going to work at something, WORK ON YOU FOR YOU and have the faith that GOD made you this way on purpose!” she adds.
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