A boy said she was too ugly to touch. She believed it for 10 years. Here's what she has to say now.

You don't have to be perfect to feel beautiful.

A group of women gathered around a table to reveal the first time they started thinking their bodies weren't "good enough."


One story in particular especially moved the women.

In the fourth grade, she had a crush on a boy who had the lead in a play.

One day, while another actress was sick, she stepped into her role.

During the performance, the boy was supposed to stop her from falling.

He stepped out of the way and let her fall, saying "she was too ugly to touch."

She believed his words ... for a whole decade.

As women, we don't have to let others define what beauty is.

We get to decide how we feel it.

All the women around the table then shared one thing that makes them feel most beautiful.

Here's what some of them said:

I feel the most beautiful when "someone else is feeling beautiful because of what I'm seeing in them."

I feel the most beautiful when "I'm naked because it's just what it is, and it's unapologetic."

I feel the most beautiful when "I'm being kissed by the person I love."

I feel the most beautiful when "I'm sharing a moment of joy with someone and having that deep, deep laughter."

I feel the most beautiful when "I'm making a deep connection with someone."

The video ends with a special treat. Natalie Patterson uplifts us with her powerful spoken-word poem "Beautiful Body."

To hear the poem and what the other women had to say, check out the video below.

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