Being a young redhead could be a struggle for a lot of us. Unfortunately, bullying is no stranger to redheads and it can lead to feelings of low self-worth. As a kid and adolescent, I used to look up to the amazing redheads I’d see on TV and movies. They kept me going in difficult times, knowing that I wasn’t alone and believing that I could love my red hair, which I do now, more than anything.

Here are 8 inspiring quotes by redheaded celebrities:

1. Jessica Chastain

“As a child, I didn’t want to be different — I wanted to look the same as everyone else because I didn’t want to be singled out . . . I was ridiculed for having red hair; for having freckles. But whatever you are ridiculed about that makes you different is what you’ll celebrate in the future. If I wanted to dye my hair, I could, but I realized that’s who I am, and my differences [make me] special.”

2. Isla Fisher

“I got teased growing up in Australia and then in London, where people label you a ginger. It can make you feel like an outsider.” “Yeah, now I embrace it because it makes me unique.”

3. Amy Adams

“Based on roles that I was getting, called in for, people were responding to certain types of characters with me as a blonde and the minute I went red, it was quirky and fun instead of flirtatious and dumb.”

4. Isabelle Huppert

“I had this strange idea of myself, as a child – almost as though my face was a blank page. Because I had red hair, and a pale complexion, it felt like having no face at all.” (when asked: “Were you aware of your appearance as a child; that you could be physically striking?” and striking she is!)

5. Karen Gillan

“I got teased for having red hair when I was younger, which is strange because I’m Scottish and there are loads of us –– we should unite forces! I love my red hair. I like having hair that looks like a volcano erupting.”

6. Lily Cole

“Someone just shouted “ginger” at me on the tube as if that were an insult. Just to clarify, I LOVE being GINGER!”

7. Shirley Manson

“I adopted the look the day I came out of my mother’s womb. It’s all-natural! Well, at this point it’s bottle-fed, but I was born a redhead. My mom’s a redhead, my sister’s a redhead—I come from a lineage of Viking reds.”

8. Rebecca Mader 

“I was bullied a lot growing up for being a redhead. I hated being different. Now I love my hair. It’s good to be ginger!”

Rock it like a Redhead!

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