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Surely by now you’ve noticed that there is a new– or not so new trend when it comes to celebrity interviews. Instead of asking them about their current projects and what’s coming next for them, how about we take way back, back into time, before they were famous, household names. All types of publications have been asking celebrities to either write letters to or share advice with their younger selves. The strategy has been so often employed because not only does it show that celebrities face all of the same issues we do, the advice they give to their younger selves can help us along our journey as well.

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Jada Pinkett Smith

During a panel at Essence Festival, promoting the would-be-record-breaking film that is Girls Trip, Jada Pinkett Smith shared some advice for her 15-year-old self.

“At 15 years old it was rough, and I brought a lot of pain out of my childhood into my adulthood that I’m just now dissolving,” she said. “That pain held me back and I wish I had known then that pain is just a part of your journey and it’s not because you’ve done something wrong or because you’re cursed or you’re a bad person, we’re all going through it. We all have pain, we all have a story. And, so, all we need to do is support each other through it and I wish I had known that, ‘Jada, it’s just a part of it, baby. It’s going to be okay.’”

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