For radio listeners and gospel concertgoers, Nadine Blair has always come off as one of the most confident and self-assured people on the planet. But, by her own admission, not many people know that she’s been struggling with self-esteem issues for years. “It took me years to come to a place of accepting me for who I am. I am Black. I am dark-skinned, and I have a big nose and a big forehead. It was a real struggle growing up,” she tells All Woman. She remembers episodes back in the day when her light-skinned best friend would get all the attention from handsome young men, making her sometimes feel hurt, invisible. “It took me a while to learn that I was good enough,” the Love 101 host and author (Sing Your Song) says now. “It is something I still struggle with to a degree, but not as it was growing up.” Her advice for today’s young people: love yourself. “Right now I find joy in going and talking with young people,” says Blair, “because I want them to know that they are enough.”
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