You know her from True Jackson, VP and Ice Age: Continental Drift -- but now, Keke Palmer is working to help girls feel comfortable and confident about their bodies through U by Kotex and Generation Know. Keke spoke to us about her involvement with the organization, her struggles with body image, and myths she's busted about the female body.
J-14: Can you tell us about U by Kotex and Generation Know, and how you got involved?
Keke Palmer: I've used Kotex for a very long time now, so when they told me about what they were doing with Generation Know, I immediately was down for it. I also love what they're doing with the non-profit Girls For a Change and with Generation Know. It all was really exciting for me, and I really wanted to be a part of it. I'm a girl and I also have a younger sister, so I'm all about understanding and busting myths and just being a part of helping young girls know more about their bodies.
J-14: Can you tell us why it's important to empower young girls to have open conversations about their health and bodies?
KP: It's extremely important because the more you know, the less trouble you can get in. There are a lot of different body myths and I think that that's such an important thing to let young girls know the truth, which is why we're making sure we get girls involved with GenerationKnow.com -- they can just log on because it helps them learn their bodies and it continues to move the message along. And it involves social networking so you can talk to your younger sister, or your younger brother, or you can post on your Twitter or Instagram, or whatever it may be about a myth that you learned to bust.
J-14: Did you ever struggle with body insecurities and how did you get past it?
KP: Oh yeah, I struggle with it to this day! I think it's just a part of human nature. We look at ourselves and pick ourselves apart. I even had an ex-boyfriend of mine, he would always tell me, 'Stop hating on yourself,' and it's really true because I think it's just a girl thing. I think you have to love who you are, you have to accept who you are, and you have to own it, because if you believe it, then everybody else will. The moment that you start tearing yourself down is the moment that someone will join in.