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Thursday 18 September 2014

Troian Bellisario: Beauty is intelligence

Troian Bellisario

Troian Bellisario doesn't care about being "pretty" or "perfect".

The Pretty Little Liars actress is known for her flawless complexion and luscious brunette locks. However, she believes it isn't the physical aspect which makes people attractive.

Posting a picture on her Instagram, which shows her seemingly make-up free sat in a car and covering her face, Troian shared a valuable message with her fans.

"So. Getting compliments is wonderful and everyone should feel beautiful in their own skin. But I get my hair and make up done professionally. For a job. That's not beauty. That's make up it's a curling iron and hairspray. What's beautiful is inside you. It's your creativity. It's your intelligence. Your empathy and your kindness to your fellow man (sic)" she explained alongside the snap.

"I could care less about being "pretty" or "perfect" and we should all ask ourselves why in our society that is the "highest" and most common compliment we are paying to our female friends. I'm so grateful for your support. And so thrilled to read your words. I love that you love Pll and are kind and supportive to each other. But let's put this to bed... Foundation and a blow dryer do not a woman make. Rock on everyone. (sic)"

During a recent interview with Seventeen magazine Troian admitted she suffered from confidence issues as a teenager, which resulted in self-harming and an eating disorder.

While she has managed to overcome her insecurities, the 28-year-old beauty still has bad days every now and then. She also can't get over the fact that she stars alongside Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Ashley Benson in her hit TV show.

"Honestly, it's an ongoing struggle. Especially for a woman on a show that has the word 'pretty' in it! Sometimes I feel like I'm trying too hard, like I don't belong," she explained. "I just look around at Lucy, Shay and Ashley and I'm just like, 'Why am I on this show?'"

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