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Kristen Stewart has transformed from a tomboyish teenager into one of the most popular and sought-after actresses on the planet -- and, thanks to The Twilight Saga, she's done it largely in the public eye. And while the 22-year-old Snow White & the Hunstman star has received more than her fair share of ribbing at the hands of the media (the press likes to criticize her apparent distaste for smiling, among other things), the says that's nothing compared to the bullying she was subjected to when she was younger.
"Look at a picture of me before I was 15. I am a boy. I wore my brother's clothes, dude!" she says in an interview for Vanity Fair's July issue. "Not like I cared that much, but I remember being made fun of because I wasn't wearing Juicy jeans. I didn't even think about it. I wore my gym clothes."
Still, despite Stewart's devil-may-car attitude, she stays the bullying did get to her. "But it's not like I didn't care that they made fun of me. It really bothered me," Stewart admits. "I remember this girl in sixth grade looked at me in gym and was like, 'Oh my God! That's disgusting -- you don't shave your legs!"
The media can be just as brutal, as Stewart learned right after the first Twilight hit theaters.
"You can Google my name and one of the first things that comes up is images of me sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe with my ex-boyfriend and my dog. It was taken the day the movie came out. I was no one. I was a kid. I had just turned 18," she says. "The next day it was like I was a delinquent slimy idiot, whereas I'm kind of a weirdo, creative Valley Girl who smokes pot. Big deal. But that changed my daily life instantly. I didn't go out in my underwear anymore." That would certainly be a treat for the paparazzi!
These days, Stewart is considered something of a fashion icon -- Glamour UK even named her the best dressed celebrity of 2012 -- but she says she's completely fine with being caught "not looking perfect in every photograph."
"I get some serious s*** about it. I'm not embarrassed about it. I'm proud of it. If I took perfect pictures all the time, the people standing in the room with me, or on the carpet, would think, 'What an actress! What a faker!' That thought embarrasses me so much that I look like s*** in half my photos, and I don't give a f***," she says. "What matters to me is that the people in the room leave and say, 'She was cool. She had a good time. She was honest.' I don't care about the voracious, starving s*** eaters who want to turn truth into s***."
Longtime boyfriend Robert Pattinson, 26, supports his onscreen (and offscreen) leading lady's attitude.
"People have decided how they are going to perceive her," he says. "No matter how many times she smiles, they'll put in the one picture where she's not smiling."