Well, When I first met Brooke Davis she had no idea who I was. Of course, everyone knew who she was. She was the most popular girl in school. She was head cheerleader, annoyingly pretty. Still is. And I used to wonder back then, “what it would be like to be friends with Brooke? “Would she make me popular? Would all the boys start asking me out?” And then one night, I got to hang out with Brooke all night. And, oh, she didn’t like my name, though, so she decided she was gonna give me a name that she did like, which ended up being Brooke. And from that moment, I knew that I wanted Brooke to be my friend, not because she was gonna make me popular and not because boys would start asking me out, but because I got a glimpse of the real Brooke, a girl with the biggest heart that I have ever known. And, you know, when you’re in High School, it’s not very easy to let people see who you really are. I could see it, though. It was in the eyes. So we became friends, and now she’s my best friend. We’ve been through so much together over the years. And our friendship is still growing. (..) I love you, Brooke Davis.
And whatever happens…don’t curse the age you were born into! Don’t worry about what anyone says! And whatever happens, never lose your ability to laugh! If you can survive, then happy times…lots of ‘em…will come your way!
Khalid, winner of Best New Artist, and Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony, winners of Best Pop for ‘Down’, pose in the press room during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.
But she added that when she began to see images of herself on billboards and got used to seeing other plus size women in the media, “I walked around with my head held a little higher, my strut a little firmer, and my smile a little brighter. I saw myself in those women.”