You feel as if you’re the only person suffering. And nobody else can understand what you’re going through.

And worst of all, you feel like you’re so worthless that nobody would notice if you suddenly disappeared.

You’re not alone. And these 7 celebrities who started out with poor self esteem are great examples. And inspirational to say the least.


1. Marilyn Monroe 

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. – Marilyn Monroe 

7 Celebrities Who Started Out With Poor Self EsteemShe was moved in and out of towns, cities and homes as a child. Had multiple foster parents. Her mum was mentally unstable. And the same was true for her dad.

As a result of her upbringing she had anxiety, low self esteem, and even dealt with depression. Not to mention being judged by the media and being treated the way she was treated.

Yet Marilyn Monroe went on to achieve great things, and had an enormous amount of courage and confidence as an actress and model.


2. John Lennon

Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty. – John Lennon

7 Celebrities Who Started Out With Poor Self EsteemThe British singer – John Lennon had his fair share of self esteem issues. Even though it may not have appeared that way in his performances.

And throughout school and college, he failed his exams, tests, and everything you can think of.

Now he’s a legend in his own right, and had the courage to stand up for what he believed in. Even if it was unconventional.


3. Hilary Swank

I was a troubled kid. I felt like an outsider. I didn’t feel like I belonged, especially in the classroom. I just wish that I would have been more secure. – Hilary Swank

7 Celebrities Who Started Out With Poor Self EsteemHilary Swank is an actress who starred in the films – The Next Karate Kid and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. She’s also won 2 best actress awards in her career.

The quote above really speaks for itself. Yet that didn’t stop her from pursuing her acting career and becoming the person she is today.

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4. Oprah Winfrey

“Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgments of others.” ― Oprah Winfrey

7 Celebrities Who Started Out With Poor Self EsteemOprah needs no introduction. But as far as her story goes, she survived a brutal rape at the age of 9, and was molested by her cousins, uncle, and family’s friends.

That abuse continued until she was 14 years old.

On top of all that, she dealt with people picking on her weight, as well as the types of clothes she wore while being brought up around severe poverty.

Oprah Winfrey’s a powerful example and inspiration to us all. And is proof poor self esteem can be overcome.


5. Caleb Followill

7 Celebrities Who Started Out With Poor Self EsteemCaleb is part of the band – Kings Of Leon that have earned 3 Grammy awards in their career.

Throughout Caleb’s childhood he struggled with anorexia. Not to mention poor self esteem, and eating disorders. But eventually managed to overcome his self esteem issues through relentless exercise and self discipline.

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6. Russell Brand

Only those who are hard enough will succeed. Most people get crushed, but if you fight, in the end life will go – “Fucking hell. This one’s serious. Let him through.” ― Russell Brand

7 Celebrities Who Started Out With Poor Self EsteemRussell Brand had a tough time as a child. Dealing with self esteem issues, being sexually abused by a tutor at 8 years of age, taking cannabis, LSD, and dealing with eating disorders. Not to mention being quite chubby, self harming, and often feeling lonely.

Nowadays he’s more confident than ever. Making Russell the perfect example of what CAN be done regardless of how poor your self esteem is, or how badly you’re suffering with it.


7. Angelina Jolie

If I make a fool of myself, who cares? I’m not frightened by anyone’s perception of me. – Angelina Jolie

7 Celebrities Who Started Out With Poor Self EsteemAngelina Jolie, the actress behind the famous Tomb Raider series may appear confident, but it wasn’t always this way.

Throughout her early childhood she was self harming, had trouble connecting with others, took every drug you can think of, tried committing suicide on more than one occasion, and had an eating disorder. You can bet poor self esteem was a huge part of those problems.

But she eventually overcame these issues and built a healthy level of self esteem. If she can do it, there’s no reason you can’t!

Related: You Don’t Need Therapy To Boost Your Self Confidence


What are your thoughts? I’d be interested in hearing em! 


  1. wow these celebs had low self esteem . Marilyn Monroe hard to believe because she was a beauty to men back in the days. but just like average people even the famous ones suffer from low self esteem.

    • Hey Megan. Yes it is surprising isn’t it? And just as you said, it’s something we all experience. Because after all, celebrity or not, we’re all human 🙂

      Thanks for sharing!


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