My first summer in Chicago has surpassed my expectations. I have been rehearsing for Hairspray and we are a few weeks away from opening night! I am super excited and I can't wait to play one of my dreams roles! (Liil Inez). This show is going to be something special because of the vast amount of incredible and raw talent we have in this cast. I have had so much fun rehearsing for this show and I know I will be sad when it is over. On to other news, unfortunately I have tenditis in my knees so I haven't been able to run as much as I have wanted to so far this summer. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love running and it sucks that I haven't been able to. However, I will be back as soon as possible. I also recently did a photo shoot with a friend of mine. When I look at the pictures I can't help but smile. For so many years I did not feel beautiful and I was very insecure about my body, my appearance, and my hair. I never had long hair like all of my friends did and I was insecure about it for so many years. I was told by almost everyone around me that if you didn't have long hair then you weren't pretty. Dealing with all of that and an ongoing eating disorder, I suffered from depression. Yet, when I look at myself in the mirror now, I smile because I truly feel beautiful. Now that I workout regularly and I am comfortable in my own skin, I feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. Even with my short natural hair, goofy personality and awkwardness, I love who I am and I wouldn't want to be anyone else but Khloejanel. I try everyday to inspire young people who are dealing with the things I dealt with when I was younger because I know how it feels to think that nobody understands. A dream of mine is to become an inspirational speaker to the youth one day because l want everyone to feel amazing in their skin and to follow their dreams. So many people do not have a role model and someone to inspire them these days. I want to change that one person at a time.