Addison Rae Reveals a ‘Backhanded Compliment’ She Often Receives

Addison Rae is one of the most followed people on TikTok. She started out simply as an aspiring dancer posting dance videos on the platform, though now Rae is a bonafide social media star.

Of course, being a celebrity is a difficult job. While Rae often receives a lot of compliments from fans, she also gets compliments that can be more hurtful than nice.

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Addison Rae gets ‘backhanded compliments’ about her body

Social media does a great job at letting creators reach fans all over the world. However, it also opens the door for stars to be intensely scrutinized by other people. Rae, who was still a teenager when she rose to fame on TikTok, feels this deeply.

“It’s a really hard thing to deal with when you’re a girl, especially going through your teens,” she shares with Glamour UK in a new interview. “I am 20 and my body is constantly changing, but people have this high standard around body image and say, ‘Oh, you have to look like this to look great or to look hot or to be cool or to be pretty.’”

It also does not help that she sometimes receives “backhanded compliments” from people, especially those that sound positive at first but don’t really make her feel all that good.

“For me, a lot of people have said, ‘Oh I love how comfortable she is and she doesn’t look like the beauty standard,’” Rae explains. “It’s a backhanded compliment sometimes because people will be like, ‘I’m so glad she’s confident that she doesn’t look perfect.’”

Addison Rae urges fans to stop comparing themselves to other people

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Social media is a hotbed for comparisons about everything. However, Rae urges people to appreciate their own selves and not try to live up to a standard set by the internet.

Rae says, “There’s this one quote that I love: ‘comparison is the thief of joy.’ That’s so true because when you start comparing yourself to someone, you’re just asking to be upset because you’re comparing yourself to something that you will never be, because you’re only you.”

Rae has been dancing since she was a young child, and, like social media, the world of dancing does involve a lot of comparisons between different people.  However, Rae does not believe it should be this way.

“Everyone is going through their lives at different stages, and no one is on the exact same path, ever,” she says. “I have learnt to find self-validation in that you can only be the best that you can be.”

Addison Rae says therapy has helped her understand more about her self-worth

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Rae also finds solace in therapy, which she admits has been helping her understand more about her self-worth.

“Self-worth is a big thing that I’ve been working on the past few months because it’s definitely a real struggle, and it does affect you in your daily life, not having high self-worth,” Rae shares. “Therapy is a great way to work on that and it’s an outlet to speak on things that are bothering you internally. Just being able to have someone to talk to has been a big thing for me and understanding that if you let people understand you a little more, then they will.”