Rumer Willis might be best known as the oldest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, but she's also an actress and accomplished singer in her own right, as well as the winner of "Dancing with the Stars" Season 20. She's a strong advocate for anti-bullying efforts and body positivity. Here, she tells TODAY about her own experiences with self-love.
I'm Rumer Willis and I love my voice.
I love it because I feel like I have the power to use it for other people that aren't able to use their own. I love it because it gives me strength. And I love it because it allows me to connect and empower others. It allows me to call on others and ask them to be brave.
I began realizing just how important my voice was after people reached out to me, telling me I'd made them feel better about things like bullying. After I did "Dancing with the Stars" and talked about bullying, so many of them would tell me that my voice and my presence in that discussion gave them confidence. It's a huge reason I continue to share and use my voice.
If you have the ability to do the same, go for it. If you're able to feel really confident about what you're saying and just get out there and say it, it's important to take control of that. You've got to use that. That's how people can get to know you and see what you're about. That's how they can learn what you believe in.
As for those who feel their voice is being stifled by bullies, you have to remember that whoever is bullying you probably has to be even more sad and insecure than you are to have to put someone else down to make themselves feel better.
Just remember that, and try to show them love. Even if that's hard. They're probably feeling really horrible, too.
Then, show yourself love. Try to find forgiveness for yourself, too, every day. It's really difficult, but if you can try, you'll find that you can even have forgiveness and love for the parts of you that say, "I'm not good enough," or "I'm ugly," or "I'm fat." After all, those sentiments are still you.
Love them, too.
As told to TODAY's Rebekah Lowin