If you're in need of someone to look up to or just need all-around great advice, one Pretty Little Liars star is the queen of both. Shay Mitchell says that young women should celebrate themselves as individuals, rather than trying to be someone else or someone they aren't, the actress told StyleCaster. After being asked to reveal her "one piece of advice for young women," Mitchell provided the following:
Celebrate being you. I know there are always times when you’re like 'I wish I had her …' and 'I wish I looked like …' At the end of the day, there’s only one of you and that in itself is a celebration. Instead of wanting to be like somebody else or change something about you, just embrace it and love it because you are adding so much into this world by being just one version of you.
I couldn't have said it better myself. It's not unusual for people to aspire to be like someone else, or to want to look like their favorite celebrity, or to wish they could have a person's (insert physical attribute here), but like the 28-year-old proves, all everybody should want to be is themselves. It's easy to pick yourself apart for the qualities that you might see as imperfections or faults. However, that's something I think a lot of people, including myself, needs to improve upon.
This isn't the first time Mitchell has given great advice for women of all ages. Not to mention, she also does it every week on Pretty Little Liars as Emily Fields. Like both Emily and Mitchell do, be sure to celebrate you, embrace you, and be you. There's only one of you and nobody else like you, and that's an honor, not a burden.
I don't know about you, but I'm thankful for women like Mitchell who are improving our world and society with empowering and positive advice for young women. Thank you, Shay.