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@MaryJBlige in the Huffington Post

February 9, 2012



I spoke to Mary J. Blige backstage and asked her about the biggest
lesson she learned as a teenager. She said, "I didn't really learn any
lessons in my teenage years. But as a woman, I learned that self-love is
just as important as anything. Confidence comes from loving yourself
and then your identity shows up. Now you own what you are and people
believe you when they look in your eyes and shake your hand." When I
asked her what the best piece of advice she's received as a woman is,
she paused and replied: "To get out of my own way. When I stop blocking
myself, I win."




Mary J. Blige and Maria Shriver attend the "It's Our Turn" Young Women's Conference at Brentwood School on February 4, 2012.




HuffPost: What inspires you the most?



Mary J. Blige

: Family inspires me but my family in
my work inspires me the most because the people who walk up to me on the
streets and say "you saved my marriage" or "you helped me get out of a
terrible relationship" or "you saved my life." That stuff is a big
reason to keep going.


HuffPost: What was the biggest lesson you learned in high school?



Mary J. Blige

: I didn't really learn any lessons in
my teenage years. But as a woman, I learned that self-love is just as
important as anything.




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