Jennifer Aniston is reflecting on her childhood with her mother, who she says was severely “critical” of her and her appearance.
“She was gorgeous, stunning. I wasn’t,” she said. “I honestly still don’t think of myself in that sort of light, which is fine.”
Her mother, a model, would often encourage a young Aniston to beautify herself.
“She was from this world of, ‘Honey, take better care of yourself,’ or ‘Honey, put your face on,’ or all of those odd sound bites that I can remember from my childhood,” My mom said those things because she really loved me. It wasn’t her trying to be a b–ch or knowing she would be making some deep wounds that I would then spend a lot of money to undo.”
While the mentality she was raised with was difficult to shake, Aniston says that her upbringing affected nearly every aspect of her life:
“It comes from growing up in a household that was destabilized and felt unsafe, watching adults being unkind to each other, and witnessing certain things about human behavior that made me think: ‘I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to experience this feeling I’m having in my body right now. I don’t want anyone else that I ever come in contact with ever to feel that.”