She has modeled on catwalks in Europe, stolen scenes on the big screen, and now stars in her own TV show, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, as a sassy superhero. But 33-year-old “it” girl Krysten Ritter wasn’t always so chic — or confident.
She reveals as much in a cringeworthy Instagram shot she shared on Wednesday, captioned, “It gets better kiddies!!!” with a trail of grimacing emojis and hearts. The throwback photo reveals a school-age Ritter in a frilly aqua dress with a white turtleneck and white pants underneath, accessorized with white sneakers and a white headband.
Krysten Ritter today (Photo: Michael Stewart/WireImage)
“My natural state is ‘odd,’” the self-described “scrappy kid from a farm” told Backstage. “I guess I would say that I’m a little offbeat and lanky.” Growing up on a cow and chicken farm in Pennsylvania, she was bullied as a kid, she admits. “When I became a model, it gave me some self-esteem and a place to belong,” she revealed to Ocean Drive magazine. “Up until then, my home life was a little rocky and the kids at school would totally pick on me. … [But] you have to rise above it and burn bright. You can’t let other people’s issues destroy you or put your fire out, as cheesy as that sounds.”
Ritter (center) in her modeling days (Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images)