Self‘s October 2013 covergirl Lucy Hale of Pretty Little Liars fame has some lovely words about self love, body positivity, and letting go of stress around your appearance.

She told Self that on a recent trip to Hawaii (hard life), paparazzi were literally hiding in bushes trying to take photos of her relaxing (jerks). In a surprisingly relatable and endearing turn, she said:

“I don’t think anybody wants to be photographed in their bikini unless you’re a Victoria’s Secret model. There’s always a little voice in my head that says, Suck it in a little more — but you know, I’m so comfortable with who I am, I’m just like, screw it! Take pictures!”

My favorite part of that has to be the “screw it.” It’s wonderful to see a young celebrity speaking out about being comfortable in her own skin and just giving up on the absurd notion of perfection. Some might argue that it’s all easy for Hale to say, since she’s pretty much the conventional ideal of beauty. But I think it’s important that we recognize that even conventionally beautiful people feel ugly sometimes, and still feel pressure to be even more beautiful.

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On another note, Hale had some refreshing words about female camaraderie and the need for women to better support each other.

“Women don’t speak up for women enough. We’re sort of in this cycle of judging or hating one another.”

Hale’s right–or at least in line with the general perception of women: we’re catty, unsupportive, and competitive. This is particularly true when it comes to body image and self-love–how many of those WORST BIKINI BODIES are in fact written by women?

Let’s all take a page out of Hale’s book and say to hell with attaining perfection, and work on better loving ourselves and supporting each other.

Photos: Getty Images & Self