INTERVIEWS

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KAITLYN BRISTOWE

Age: 3o

 

Occupation: Professional Fiancée

 

We sat down with Bachelorette Season 11 star, Kaitlyn Bristowe in the raw to hear her thoughts on beauty, her body and life in the spotlight.  No production team, no make-up, no stylists and absolutely no filters.  This girl is the real deal and we love her candid, refreshingly open insight.

 

Most people know you as the fun, gorgeous girl from the Bachelorette but we’ve been lucky enough to know you for almost ten years now and we know you are so much more than that.  We adore you! Your experience on the show was a wild ride that catapulted you into the spotlight. Do you think being in the public eye makes you more conscious of your appearance?

 

1000%. Unfortunately. Having a public platform comes with a lot of positives – and a lot of negatives. There is so much judgment out there – and most of it has been directed at my physical appearance. People have pointed to things on my face or body that I would’ve never even thought about. But now, sadly, I do.

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Can you tell us a little bit about the process of getting ready to be on camera for a show like the Bachelorette?

 

It’s definitely a different story than being on the Bachelor. When you’re living alongside 25 other women in the bachelor mansion, there are at least 3 hair stylists and 5 make up artists – so that helps! But, in the end, it’s completely up to you – what you wear and what your hair and make up looks like. When you are the “star” of a reality show, A LOT goes into your appearance. There is pressure to be this desirable, attractive and stylish woman. As the bachelorette, I was lucky if I got 4 hours of sleep – and I am someone who functions and looks best after a full night’s rest. It took an army to try and hide the bags under my eyes! I would go to sleep with gel patches under my eyes and a thick layer of moisturizer. In the morning, my stylist would come in with racks of clothing to choose from. My make up and hair stylist would set up a room with all sorts of gadgets, tools and make up. I would sleep sitting up, while she airbrushed my face and glued on single lashes on to each of my own. Clip in extensions were a necessity for that extra hair volume. It probably took a total of 4 hours to get ready.

 

In general, when do you feel most beautiful?

 

When I’m around the people who love me. Friends, family and Shawn.

 

Have you ever struggled with insecurities about the way you look?

 

Of course – I think everyone does.  I grew up in a dance studio where girls were constantly glancing in the mirror and comparing themselves to others in the room. I’ve always felt insecure about how skinny I am. I admire women who have curves and muscle!

 

How did you feel when you first saw your raw pictures?

 

It was actually very eye-opening.  I’m at a great place in my life and I recognize how blessed I am to be healthy but seeing the pictures still brought out some insecurities.  I think it just highlights how hard we are on ourselves as women. We are our own worst critics!

 

With all the appearance-based pressure being placed on us these days it’s easy to forget how incredible our bodies are. What is the most amazing thing your body has done for you?

 

My body has done everything for me! It allows me to walk, talk, see and hear. It’s what keeps me ALIVE!

 

Kaitlyn2In challenging moments when you don’t feel your best what tools do you use to turn things around?

 

I’ve recently started meditating. I use an app called calm.com and it has taught me to breathe through the challenges – and to take a step back before reacting. My mom sent me a bag of elastic bands and I wear one on my wrist. Whenever I have a negative thought, I gently snap the band! It’s become a reality check and a reminder to quickly snap out of those bad moments. Talking to friends, family and Shawn always helps, too!

 

In your eyes, who is the most beautiful person in the world and why?

 

I can think of a few. My best friend Bri is a beautiful person because she embraces the changes in her body. A year ago, she gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby boy. Since then, her body has changed – but it’s because it’s doing what it’s supposed to do. Her breasts changed, yes, but they have kept a child alive. Her stomach isn’t the same, but it’s where the most precious, new life was formed. She is happier and more confident than she’s ever been before. It’s inspiring.

 

If you could give one message to other women what would it be?

 

To compliment other women and to embrace everyone’s beauty. Build each other up and be confident in your own skin.

 

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13 Comments

  1. Megan Says: April 19, 2016 5:19 pm

    Kaitlyn, you are just as beautiful if not more beautiful without all the make up! Thank you for always being you and owning it 100% you are truly an inspiring woman.

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  2. Hailey Says: April 19, 2016 5:42 pm

    I highly recommend meditation to anyone that will listen to me!! Kaitlyn you should check out the headspace app for meditation as well. I love it!

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  3. Jennifer Says: April 19, 2016 8:38 pm

    Kaitlyn was my favourite from the very beginning, she was just herself and she was very inspiring. I look up to people like you. Even if you weren’t a famous person and I stumbled upon you on social media or in person, I would be a very lucky person to get to meet someone like you. Keep doing what you are doing and don’t forget about all the loving fans out there too lol!

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  4. Nicole Says: April 19, 2016 8:47 pm

    Thank you. Those are the words that come to my mind while reading this. I pinch the fat on my body everyday. I am constantly thinking about how to be skinnier, look prettier, be better. I’m not overweight. People would probably say I’m a “normal” weight, but I have awful self confidence. I look at people like Kaitlyn, and all the girls on bachelor/ette for that matter, and wish I could look like them. Kaitlyn is BEAUTIFUL in the raw. It’s comforting that even those you find so beautiful can have insecurities, so we should all work together to help everyone see their true beauty always. Think of the peace of mind we could have if we felt beautiful.

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  5. Marissa Says: April 19, 2016 9:46 pm

    It’s SO refreshing to hear Kaitlyn’s story. It’s so easy to look at the girls on reality shows like The Bachelor or Bachelorette and compare yourself to them. There’s so much more that goes on behind-the-scenes, though, that we don’t know about. Kaitlyn is beautiful inside and out, with and without makeup. I’m definitely going to take her words to heart. Not to mention, I’m investing in some elastic bands to incorporate her idea to combat negative thinking!

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  6. lily Says: April 20, 2016 1:16 am

    this is all fine and dandy but as much i am kinda tired of the whole thing where people just can’t admit, YES, I PREFER BEING FIT OR SMALL OR WHATEVER! almost no one prefers BEING OVERWEIGHT. and that’s okay, you can still LOVE YOURSELF AND BE OVERWEIGHT. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOVE YOUR WEIGHT! it’s is perfectly okay that we feel more confident with makeup on too, should it be your saving grace? like you’re miserable without makeup on? of course not. but it’s not bad to say i feel my most beautiful with some foundation on and some mascara! TRYING TO CONVINCE OURSELVES TO FEEL JUST AS PRETTY WITHOUT MAKEUP ON (ONCE WE’VE REACHED A CERTAIN AGE) is just dumb to me. take any woman who doesn’t do her makeup or wear anything nice, go give her a makeover, put a little makeup on her, do her hair, throw her in a cute outfit…watch her glow! this is a natural thing and it’s a good thing.

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  7. Crystal Says: April 20, 2016 5:29 am

    I love this interview! Found it through Kaitlyn’s instagram. You’re a great inspiration to us all, wishing you nothing but the best. Plus you look awesome with no makeup. I think you should do this more often!

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  8. Martina Says: April 20, 2016 11:00 am

    Wow I would’ve never even thought about this being a “raw” photoshoot. You look just as gorgeous without makeup!

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  9. Ashley Says: April 20, 2016 11:43 am

    This article has inspired me to take my own raw photos. I can relate to this article and to Kaitlin. Just like Kaitlin, I too have a naturally skinny body, even after having two children. It is something I have struggled with since I was a little girl. My insecurities did not come from just simply looking in the mirror everyday, they came from others. I get told, “you’re so skinny”. As if I had forgotten what I look like everyday. I was just in a store a few days ago, minding my own business with my family when a man and a woman made me want to rush out of the store. The woman made eye contact with me and immediately turned to the man to tell him to look at me. They made ugly comments with me standing right there. I want to know why skinny-shamming has become ok? Beautiful women come in adifferentof size, that’s what makes us each beautiful and unique. Kaitlin, you are naturally beautiful and I admire you for doing these pictures and this article. You are helping girls and women have the courage to stand up for their bodies, thank you.

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    • Wendy Says: April 22, 2016 4:59 pm

      I’m not sure if you actually really heard that couple saying negative things about you, so my comment might not apply to this particular situation. Whenever I feel like someone is looking at me or told someone else to look at me, instead of thinking they are making a negative remark about what I look like or what I’m wearing, I think they are complimenting me and pointing out something they really like. Feel confident about who you are and don’t allow others to make you feel less than awesome.

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  10. Ally Says: April 20, 2016 2:33 pm

    I adore this interview. Kaitlyn is unbelievably inspirational. Yes, she is gorgeous with or without makeup but I especially love that she highlighted the fact that we should take a step back and look at what makes us unique as human beings and learn to love that part of ourselves, then we become who free with who we truly are. We are ever-changing, ever-evolving in this crazy world – so why not learn to love ourselves for who we are?! I am also glad that Kaitlyn uses her platform to support women supporting other women, as well as bring awareness to the knee-jerk bullying behavior that has become societies norm these days. We all have those days where we don’t feel particularly happy with ourselves, and I couldn’t imagine feeling that way with a million people watching closely. I hope Kaitlyn knows that even with those who choose to be negative only to benefit themselves via social media, there’s at least twice as many people who adore her. Thank you for being you Kaitlyn, and still sharing yourself with the world even though it may not seem worth it sometimes. It does help those of us who look up to you!

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  11. Chelsea Says: April 21, 2016 1:08 am

    Kaitlyn you are raw genuine beauty. Love you and everything you’ve ever stood for, always will. thanks for being an admirable role model.

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  12. Abby Says: April 21, 2016 2:25 am

    I already looked up to Kaitlyn so much and this just reiterates exactly why I do. She is such a raw, real, and beautiful person and I continue to relate to her because of that. Embrace yourself, love yourself, and remember you are enough!

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