kelsea ballerini went to drastic measures to look thin on red carpets
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Kelsea Ballerini Admits She Went To Drastic Measures To 'Look Thin' On Red Carpets — But She's 'Proud' Of The Progress She's Made Over The Years

Apr. 21 2021, Updated 5:26 p.m. ET

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Prior to the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 21, singer Kelsea Ballerini opened up to fans about the progress she's made when it comes to accepting her body.

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"Before my first ACM Awards in 2015, also one of my first red carpets, I remember doing a several day 'juice cleanse' (not eating) leading up to it, hoping I would look thin enough to feel worthy of being there," she revealed on Instagram, sharing a photo of herself with a glass of red wine. "I still struggle with body image, BUT today I properly nourished and moved my body."

kelsea ballerini went to drastic measures to look thin on red carpets
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"And I am looking forward to putting on a dress and being on stage tomorrow night, knowing my worth doesn't come from anything other than how I feel," she continued. "And I feel proud of that progress."

Last month, Ballerini touched on the subject in honor of International Women's Day.

"I'm not always confident. And I think that no one is. And if you are, congratulations, I would love to take classes from you," she said. "I don't think we live in a world where you can feel amazing in your skin all the time, because it's really hard."

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She acknowledged that she can be "super sensitive," when it comes to people's opinions of her, which comes with pros and cons.

"For a long time, I was reading all the comments, and I would obviously love the good ones, but I would find the bad ones and they would just hurt my feelings," she admitted.

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Needless to say, the star stunned at this year's ACM show, wearing a strapless emerald green gown that featured a thigh-high slit. The frock was custom made for her by Dolce & Gabbana. For her praised performance that night, she switched into a denim off-the-shoulder minidress.

"My dear friend and hometown hero @kennychesney, you joining this song means the world to me," she gushed after singing "Half of My Hometown." "Thank you @acmawards for letting us debut it on the @opry stage."

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