Joanna Gaines Confessed She Was Bullied For Being Asian. It Made Her Struggle With Insecurity

Date February 26, 2018 11:38

Joanna Gaines may shine with confidence now, but in her recent interview with Darling magazine, the star opened up about her days of youth when she was an insecure child who was bullied for her ethnicity.

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The Fixer Upper star, who is currently pregnant with her fifth child, got up close and personal when she confessed she was struggling with insecurities until her last semester at college.

I don’t think confidence has ever really been one of those things that came naturally for me. If people thought I was confident, it was really just the way I masked my insecurity, because I didn’t want people to really get to know the real me.

Joanna revealed that it was hard for her to fit in at school because kids would often make fun of her for looking different.

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If you haven’t heard my story, my mom is full Korean and my dad is Caucasian. Kids in kindergarten would make fun of me for being Asian and when you’re that age you don’t know really how to process that; the way you take that is, ‘Who I am isn’t good enough.

Luckily, when her family moved to Texas, the reality show star found things got easier. Even though kids didn’t make fun of her as much as they used to, finding friends was a big challenge for her.

When she moved again, she finally found a place where she fit in but she had to leave a place she called home during her last semester at college, which she spent in the Big Apple – New York City. As she describes it, struggling with her identity in adulthood led her down the path she walks today, where she dedicates her time helping others and being with her children.

 So while I was in New York I really felt like God was telling me that I would be able to help women who weren’t confident, who were looking for guidance or who were lonely.


Joanna is not the only one, who had to go through bullying at school. Quantico star Priyanka Chopra was in the same boat. She mentioned in one of her interviews that kids used to call her “Brownie” and told her to go back to her country.

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