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Melissa McCarthy spent an entire decade crying

As the owner of Bloom Creatives, Caroline Gutierrez Goddard tells stories with words and photos -- and as such, is a regular contributor here at SheKnows.

McCarthy's change of heart

Melissa McCarthy is wildly successful now, but in her 20s, she was just as insecure as the rest of us.

Melissa McCarthy oozes self confidence today, but it didn't always come quite so easy for her.

The Tammy star told People that she wasn't just obsessed with her body image, she yearned for gorgeous shoes, long, shiny hair — the whole Sex and the City dream existence.

"In my 20s I used to cry about why I wasn't thinner or prettier, but I want to add that I also used to cry about things like: 'I wish my hair would grow faster. I wish I had different shoes...' " she told People. "I was an idiot... It's a decade of tears."

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Melissa McCarthy

Even after she was riding high on success, looking good wasn't always so easy because designers shockingly had no idea how to dress her body type.

"Two Oscars ago, I couldn't find anybody to do a dress for me," she told Redbook. "I asked five or six designers — very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people — and they all said no."

But now McCarthy DGAF what anyone thinks.

"I'll do almost anything for a laugh," she explained to People. "I'm completely delighted by people who think, 'I don't care what anybody else thinks, I look great in this, and I rock it and I love it.' It's such a delightful sort of confidence."

"I've never felt like I needed to change," she said. "I've always thought, 'If you want somebody different, pick somebody else.' But sure, criticism can sometimes still get to me. Some things are so malicious, they knock the wind out of you."

Read the complete interview with Melissa McCarthy in the latest issue of People, on newsstands Friday, June 27, 2014.

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