How Leann Rimes Overcame Insecurities About Her Psoriasis and Learned to Love Her Body

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From Dr. Oz The Good Life

Some days, when you put your swimsuit on and you're feeling excited to head outside, you glance up at the mirror, notice your so-called "flaws," and instantly feel a wave of panic wash over you. It's those days that you end up layering up, concealing every visible inch of your body, and heading out feeling discouraged about yourself. Ugh.

The thing is, we've all been there - and even country singer Leann Rimes has experienced that same struggle! Rimes recently revealed to TODAY that she has long struggled with her skin, as she grew up with psoriasis that covered 80 percent of her body by the time she was 6 years old.

"I didn't realize how much it had impacted my self-confidence and just really kind of feeling like a woman," Rimes said.

Scrolling through the singer's Instagram today, though, you'll see there's no shortage of bikini pictures, which is proof that she was eventually able to find confidence in her body.

"There's been a ton of bikini photos of me in the past several years," Rimes said. "It's because I would go naked if I could, because I'm clear and it's all good!"

"I think music really was what gave me confidence," Rimes continued. "I think I was very disconnected from my body so that was the one way I could really connect. Music has been a very healing thing for me."

"I never thought I could get to the place where I could really be grateful for every single thing that's happened in my life, but I am now and it feels really good," she added.

In an April 2016 Instagram post, Rimes shared a similar message, writing, "Every time I put a bathing suit on, it's a huge accomplishment and another tiny chip into a very large, thick wall I built since I was a little girl covered in scales."

The moral of Rimes' story? We should all learn to own our flaws with confidence.

"As I get older, I've learned how to accept the things that bother me about myself and really start to love those things. They're what make me, me," Rimes told TODAY. "My advice to others is to own it. Own who you are, because it feels really good when you do."

[h/t TODAY]