Exactly As I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today's Girls on What It Takes to Believe in Yourself

Exactly As I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today's Girls on What It Takes to Believe in Yourself

by Shaun Robinson

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Exactly As I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today's Girls on What It Takes to Believe in Yourself by Shaun Robinson

Entertainment reporter and author Shaun Robinson has spoken candidly both on camera and behind the scenes with countless celebrities. Consequently, she has received hundreds of emails and letters from girls across the country asking how they can be more like their favorite stars. But the truth is, these actors, singers, athletes, and media and political figures are remarkably similar to teenage girls in essential ways: They all still struggle with issues of self-esteem and body image and doubt, and they all, at some point, have compared themselves with their peers and felt they came up short. In Exactly As I Am, Robinson shares both the honest comments she’s heard from young women and the heartfelt and encouraging advice she’s been in the rare position to glean from today’s most notable women. The result is a book that will inspire girls to find their inner strength, grow confident, and believe in themselves.

Actress Eva Mendes talks about how she persevered in the face of rejection: “Surrounding myself with people who love and support me has been my key to success.” Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys suggests that the answer to a healthy self-image lies in new definitions: “We need more variety in how we depict beauty and define intelligence–there’s so much more than what is often featured.” Kelly Clarkson turns the tables on so-called imperfection: “The flaws and vulnerability are what make people attractive.” And Vanessa Williams suggests a way out of the trap of taking things personally: “Next time someone rolls their eyes at you or says an unkind word about you, think about what they could be insecure about.”

Through this rich tapestry of voices, women of all ages, races, ethnicities, and backgrounds explore how to stay grounded and develop positive self-esteem, something Robinson calls “your ticket to freedom and making your dreams come true.” They also discuss the importance of mentors and friends, being able to laugh at oneself, and giving back to others. The collected wisdom of shared experiences in Exactly As I Am is designed to give every girl and woman the opportunity to dream big, stay strong, and remain true to herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345511959
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/31/2009
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Emmy Award—winning journalist Shaun Robinson is the weekend co-host of Access Hollywood. She has covered the red carpet for the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys, and Grammys. Her live coverage of “A Grand Night in Harlem” for the Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame garnered her an Emmy Award. She has been a guest co-host on The View and has contributed reports to MSNBC, CNN, and Today. Robinson’s many television and film credits include Bruce Almighty, America’s Sweethearts, and Everybody Hates Chris. Robinson is on the national board of directors for Girls Inc. She also devotes her time to the Los Angeles County “Share Your Heart, Share Your Home” program, which helps find permanent homes for minority children waiting for adoption. A native of Detroit, Michigan, and a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Shaun Robinson lives in Los Angeles.

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