New girl on the block Sarah Roberts, has fought her own battles to feel comfortable in her own skin. The Home And Away star reveals some of the hurdles she's had to overcome to help become the strong, independent woman she is today. Penning a letter to 'caterpillar', Roberts shares the things she wished she'd known back then.
'To my dearest Sarah girl, the caterpillar,
'Firstly, let's talk about the boy you have a crush on called Novak, the one you wait for to walk home from school with? You were oh-so-brave for mustering up the courage to go over to the basketball courts and ask him to be your boyfriend in front of all his friends.
'Well done beautiful girl!
'I am so sorry that he made you cry when he said he didn't want to 'go out with you' because he might get his tongue stuck in the gap between your teeth when you kissed and because you have brown skin.
'He's just mean and you deserve much better, really.
'The thing is Sar, as you grow up, a lot of people are going to make fun of you for the colour of your skin. They are going to call you names like 'poo-face', 'curry-muncher,' 'chipolata sausage' and 'abbo', but as the years go by...you'll realise that the colour of your skin is actually your most beautiful asset.
'So like your mummy taught you, be humble, be kind and be brave. You can't blend in when you were born to stand out. And perhaps butterflies are proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness and yet become something beautiful.
'All my love, your future self, your butterfly, x'
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