"I Am Ugly": Powerful YouTube video shows why you shouldn't hate your flaws

The image of a woman looking in the mirror and criticizing what she sees is so familiar, it's almost a cliche. But this powerful video from YouTuber Rachel Levin flips the trope and throws it into a startling light.

The video starts with a woman staring at herself in the mirror, rattling off a list of complaints about her body.

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That is, until a version of her younger self appears, demanding that she say the insults straight to her child self's face.

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But the woman can't tear down the little girl.

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The message is clear. 

When you imagine saying the bad things you think about your body aloud to your younger self, they suddenly seem a whole lot crueler. 

"If you wouldn't say it to yourself when you were little, then why would you say it to yourself now?" the video asks.

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In the description of the video on YouTube, Levin explained that she had been wanting to make this "for a while," and urged followers to share the video "with whoever needs it."

Watch the whole video below: