In September 2013, it (yours truly) debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard200 albums chart—with 138,000 copies sold in its first week—making Grande the first female artist,since Kesha, to have her first album debut atop of the charts—and the fifteenth female artist overall.
“I realized being healthy is the most important thing I can do for myself. Now, I’m trying to embrace the skin I’m in. It’s difficult sometimes. Every day I have to look in the mirror and make the choice to be kind to myself. This is who I am—I have to love that.”
‘’I’ve had a lot of ups and downs. It’s been quite a journey. [With the criticism], I went to a dark place. There was a lot of not eating—and I started to think being hungry to the point of feeling almost faint was a positive thing. The worse it got, the more positive feedback I was getting. Inside I was really unhappy, but outside, people were like, ‘Wow, you look great.'‘’ - Kesha for VOGUE