Fourteen-year-old Rachel Crow has had very humble beginnings, but she is determined to not let her past determine her future. The former X-Factor contestant recently moved from the small town of Mead, Colorado to the booming city of Los Angeles, California and is loving every minute. She said, “I like L.A. way better, it’s sunny all the time and bright.”
In a recent interview with AOL, Rachel also talked about her single “Mean Girls” from her self-titled EP (set to release June 26th), her upcoming show on Nickelodeon, and more.
Check out some of the interview highlights below:
On co-writing single “Mean Girls” and her personal experience with bullying:
It was the looks and the being called “weirdo” and “freak.” Me and my one friend would stick together and just brush it off, but of course there were times when I would come home crying to my mom and saying, “They called me this!” And she would just say, “Oh they’re just jealous!” But I was different in every possible way in school. I grew up in a very small, very conservative farm town and I walked in with this bright personality. I was loud and outgoing and had curly hair and they were just kind of like, “What is going on right now? What is this creature?” I was just being myself and my parents taught me to always be myself and never think you have to be different than who you are. That was what made me confident to try out for “X Factor.” Honestly, looking back at it, I feel sorry for all the mean girls and the bullies. I think there are two sides to everything, and one of the lines I wrote [in the song "Mean Girls"] is “Maybe somebody was cold to you/ so you think that’s what you’re suppose to do.” That’s one of my favorite lines, because it’s true.
On details about her upcoming Nickelodeon show:
We’re not quite done with it yet, but it’s going to be a musical comedy and I hope everybody loves it.
On her celebrity crush:
I like Jaden Smith. He is a cute boy!
On if her former bullies have reached out to her since her rise to fame:
A lot of them actually. I came across this interesting thing on Facebook that Will Smith posted, and it said, ‘If you were absent during the struggle, don’t expect to be present during the success.’ And I thought that was amazing. I just love him! So they would ask the typical questions, like, ‘Are you mad at me?’ And I would say, “No I’m not mad, but you weren’t there for me before, and just because I was on ‘X Factor,’ that’s why you’re here from me now.”
On whether comments about her weight bother her:
Actually, yeah. But, I think I’ve made my mark now. I’m comfortable in my skin and I’m healthy and I feel good about myself and that’s all I need. To me, the ideal beauty is what you think about yourself. I think the ideal beauty; these tall, blonde Barbies, sometimes aren’t the nice ones … but sometimes they’re the really sweet ones. So, I just think the ideal beauty is you. Just be you!
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