TikTok star Addison Rae opens up about body-shamers: ‘It can be really hard’

Morgan Greenwald

With more than 51 million followers on TikTok, Addison Rae — whose real name is Addison Easterling — is no stranger to the spotlight. Unfortunately, though, with fame comes scrutiny, and this is something the 19-year-old is still getting used to.

“This is something that I’m still figuring out for myself as it is way harder than I thought it would be,” the TikTok star told Us Weekly. “It can be really hard when people call out things that you already have insecurities around, but I am working on realizing that my worth does not come from other people’s words.”

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Easterling often uses her social media platforms to speak out against her trolls and body-shamers. In April, for instance, she took to Twitter to clap back at people “talking negatively about [her] body and weight,” emphasizing that those comments are “hurtful.”

“It definitely hurts to see people on my fyp calling me ‘a whale’ and saying ‘she’s fat now’ and I just want to encourage everyone who hears these things about themselves to love yourself!!” she said. “If you are healthy and happy, do NOT listen to these hurtful comments. You are perfect.”

In her recent interview with Us Weekly, Easterling noted that she’s “learned a lot” since rising to fame on TikTok.

“I think most importantly I have learned that I am more sensitive yet stronger than I thought,” she said.

Recently, Easterling has been spending some time with Kourtney Kardashian and her kids Mason, Penelope and Reign. The TikTok star says that she’s learned a lot from the Poosh founder, most importantly to stay humble.

“The advice I have gotten from hanging around people who have spent time in the spotlight is to always be humble and grateful for all that I am given because I am in a really fortunate position,” she said. “I’m truly thankful for the platform my followers have given me.”

Check out Easterling’s full interview on Us Weekly’s website.

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