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Entrepreneur and lifestyle influencer Jacey Duprie shares her inspiring journey of going from farm girl to fashion icon and her lessons about personal growth and self-made success. With millions of followers and a thriving lifestyle brand, Damsel in Dior,  Jacey Duprie is one of today’s top fashion influencers. Her beautiful Instagram photos capture a life of glamour, luxur Entrepreneur and lifestyle influencer Jacey Duprie shares her inspiring journey of going from farm girl to fashion icon and her lessons about personal growth and self-made success. With millions of followers and a thriving lifestyle brand, Damsel in Dior,  Jacey Duprie is one of today’s top fashion influencers. Her beautiful Instagram photos capture a life of glamour, luxury and elegance. But Jacey’s life offline has been far from perfect. In this candid memoir, Jacey reveals that behind her gorgeously curated photos was a woman struggling with deep insecurities. She shares intimate details of a difficult childhood growing up in rural Texas with an alcoholic father and her own battles with PTSD and mental health. Through resilience, hard work and self-reflection, Jacey eventually triumphed to become the strong, empowered woman she is today.  In Liking Myself Back, Jacey takes readers behind the scenes into the seductive world of fashion and influencing, and reveals how she overcame hardship to achieve her dreams. With raw emotional honesty, Jacey shows that conquering self-doubt and embracing your imperfect, authentic self is not only possible, but is the true key to happiness.


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Entrepreneur and lifestyle influencer Jacey Duprie shares her inspiring journey of going from farm girl to fashion icon and her lessons about personal growth and self-made success. With millions of followers and a thriving lifestyle brand, Damsel in Dior,  Jacey Duprie is one of today’s top fashion influencers. Her beautiful Instagram photos capture a life of glamour, luxur Entrepreneur and lifestyle influencer Jacey Duprie shares her inspiring journey of going from farm girl to fashion icon and her lessons about personal growth and self-made success. With millions of followers and a thriving lifestyle brand, Damsel in Dior,  Jacey Duprie is one of today’s top fashion influencers. Her beautiful Instagram photos capture a life of glamour, luxury and elegance. But Jacey’s life offline has been far from perfect. In this candid memoir, Jacey reveals that behind her gorgeously curated photos was a woman struggling with deep insecurities. She shares intimate details of a difficult childhood growing up in rural Texas with an alcoholic father and her own battles with PTSD and mental health. Through resilience, hard work and self-reflection, Jacey eventually triumphed to become the strong, empowered woman she is today.  In Liking Myself Back, Jacey takes readers behind the scenes into the seductive world of fashion and influencing, and reveals how she overcame hardship to achieve her dreams. With raw emotional honesty, Jacey shows that conquering self-doubt and embracing your imperfect, authentic self is not only possible, but is the true key to happiness.

30 review for Liking Myself Back: An Influencer's Journey from Self-Doubt to Self-Acceptance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Loved this book so much. I've been a fan of Jacey since her early Damsel in Dior days and it was so interesting to hear her revisit these moments. Deeply personal, raw and vulnerable - I appreciate her transparency and the peak behind the curtain. Full review to follow. Loved this book so much. I've been a fan of Jacey since her early Damsel in Dior days and it was so interesting to hear her revisit these moments. Deeply personal, raw and vulnerable - I appreciate her transparency and the peak behind the curtain. Full review to follow.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I received an early copy of this wonderful book in exchange for my honest review. I gotta be honest - I didn’t know who Jacey Duprie was until last year. And I’m so glad I found her online and got this book. This influencer’s amazing adventure of self healing, emotional growth and love is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Jacey vulnerably shares her struggles and triumphs. She shares heartbreak and hope. I love learning from others. This story was a great with a very powerful lesson in being ab I received an early copy of this wonderful book in exchange for my honest review. I gotta be honest - I didn’t know who Jacey Duprie was until last year. And I’m so glad I found her online and got this book. This influencer’s amazing adventure of self healing, emotional growth and love is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Jacey vulnerably shares her struggles and triumphs. She shares heartbreak and hope. I love learning from others. This story was a great with a very powerful lesson in being able to turn struggle to strength, loving yourself, healing & magnificent clothes (seriously, I had to look up most of what she talked about and was so impressed with how beautiful they were). This is also an epic love story. Not just a romantic love story - but love of making your life better, loving yourself to pursue your dreams, loving yourself enough to set healthy boundaries, love of fashion, love of making the world better for others, family love, love for pets, love of adventure. Liking myself back is a wonderful book that’s good for the soul.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Constance White

    I’ve been following Jacey on IG for years and have always loved her authenticity and vulnerability. This book is no different - but it offers a deeper look into her emotional struggles stemming from growing up with an alcoholic father, struggles within her marriage, learning to like herself through therapy and tough emotional work, figuring out how to navigate and prioritize work and life and love. She has more to say than most…and I think what she has to say is well worth listening to.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hensley

    A light read about an influencers struggles with self-esteem. The one part I enjoyed was when she talked about going to therapy and how it helped her. The one take-away for any business owner is that it isn't possible to do it all, and trying to will wear you down. A light read about an influencers struggles with self-esteem. The one part I enjoyed was when she talked about going to therapy and how it helped her. The one take-away for any business owner is that it isn't possible to do it all, and trying to will wear you down.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    Before reading this Memoir I had no idea who the author was. I liked to read about people’s lives that are very different from mine. Duprie has made her career in social media. It was interesting to read about her career, but honestly I kept asking myself was it all worth it. She was constantly on the go and obsessed with getting the right shot or blogging about this or that. It took an immense toll on herself and her marriage. She grapples with a lot and reveals much in the book. It’s a good les Before reading this Memoir I had no idea who the author was. I liked to read about people’s lives that are very different from mine. Duprie has made her career in social media. It was interesting to read about her career, but honestly I kept asking myself was it all worth it. She was constantly on the go and obsessed with getting the right shot or blogging about this or that. It took an immense toll on herself and her marriage. She grapples with a lot and reveals much in the book. It’s a good lesson to remember: social media isn’t always real life. Thanks to HTP and Netgalley for the early read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    It's a weird business reviewing a memoir. So take this with a grain of salt. I applaud her moments of vulnerability, overcoming obstacles and her persistence as a woman in an highly judged space of social media. The rest of it felt contrived. It felt like this aspiration of what one "should" have, and how much one "should" make and how one "should" do it, no matter the steep emotional or mental toll. I could go on about the environmental impacts influencers create by selling so much product- but It's a weird business reviewing a memoir. So take this with a grain of salt. I applaud her moments of vulnerability, overcoming obstacles and her persistence as a woman in an highly judged space of social media. The rest of it felt contrived. It felt like this aspiration of what one "should" have, and how much one "should" make and how one "should" do it, no matter the steep emotional or mental toll. I could go on about the environmental impacts influencers create by selling so much product- but I won't. And I won't deny she's successful. She should be! She clearly works hard. But there were moments in the book that showed big blindspots of her privilege that can be tricky to point out without trying to shame another woman. It certainly makes me reflect on my own contradictions as a woman. So I'll just say this last thing: it's a memoir of an influencer and it reads like one. Could be a good beachy read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    E

    Liking Myself Back is a memoir written by blogger Jacey Duprie. She shares her backstory as well as her rise to the top and I didn't love it. There were many moments where she was super petty, hurt people, and I feel like she didn't apologize enough for all the times she harmed her husband, assistant, and fellow bloggers. She took a lot of shortcuts to get to the top and is candid about the fact that a lot of her blog content is fake. The timeline was strange-she didn't say when she started ge Liking Myself Back is a memoir written by blogger Jacey Duprie. She shares her backstory as well as her rise to the top and I didn't love it. There were many moments where she was super petty, hurt people, and I feel like she didn't apologize enough for all the times she harmed her husband, assistant, and fellow bloggers. She took a lot of shortcuts to get to the top and is candid about the fact that a lot of her blog content is fake. The timeline was strange-she didn't say when she started getting a consistent income from the blog but it seems like one chapter she's starting her blog in 2011 and the next she's splitting her time between LA and NYC. She makes it seem like she went from zero to sixty in less than two years-did she use a ghostwriter? It was interesting hearing about her backstory about growing up with an alcoholic father but honestly she went into blogging way too fast with way too many brand sponsorships. She pushed herself too hard, her marriage suffered, and it's not a realistic look at the blogging world. (Also, I don't like how she called herself "part of the industry." She's not part of the fashion industry because she doesn't sell clothes, instead she markets clothes made by other brands by posting about them and gets her followers to buy them.)

  8. 4 out of 5

    TheBerryBookReport

    This was a really open, raw and honest book that I went in with absolutely zero expectations and finished it feeling so happy I read it. I have followed Jacey for a few years both on her blog and her Instagram account Damsel in Dior. I never really felt invested in her account, although I loved her style and aesthetic. However after reading her book and i can genuinely say I have a new found appreciation for her account, what she chooses to share and her life journey. She really embraced being vu This was a really open, raw and honest book that I went in with absolutely zero expectations and finished it feeling so happy I read it. I have followed Jacey for a few years both on her blog and her Instagram account Damsel in Dior. I never really felt invested in her account, although I loved her style and aesthetic. However after reading her book and i can genuinely say I have a new found appreciation for her account, what she chooses to share and her life journey. She really embraced being vulnerable, sharing dark stories from her past and opening herself up to even more critique and opinions from strangers. I applaud her vulnerability and her willingness to share even more of herself with strangers. If you go into this with an open mind, I truly think you will take a lot away from it. I know I have! Congratulations Jacey on your book launch and overcoming a lot, and sharing it with the masses.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Knopke

    I preordered this book, because I have been a followe of Jacey for over a decade. I wanted to love it, but I’ll be honest, I was completely shocked this went to print. As someone who as invested in Jacey; reading her blog and Instagram for over a decade I was so disappointed. While her writing was very honest, Instead of inspiring and interesting this entire book felt ungrateful and privileged. While this may have been a way to rehabilitate from her past, it was hard to read that most of her fee I preordered this book, because I have been a followe of Jacey for over a decade. I wanted to love it, but I’ll be honest, I was completely shocked this went to print. As someone who as invested in Jacey; reading her blog and Instagram for over a decade I was so disappointed. While her writing was very honest, Instead of inspiring and interesting this entire book felt ungrateful and privileged. While this may have been a way to rehabilitate from her past, it was hard to read that most of her feed was “fake” for many years, and the things she did to get to the top are pretty unbelievable. I would hate for aspiring influencers to read this. On this platform of social media it’s more important to be real, and focused on what is important in life (our families, mental health, and wellness) than sacrificing everything to make a million dollars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laila-Grace

    I pre-ordered this book the moment that I could and I was not disappointed! As someone who has followed Jacey for years it was fascinating to hear the full story behind the glimpses we see. For example, the full situation regarding her dog Polly (I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read the book yet). I must say that I am horrified by how brands seem to drop influencers as soon as they announce their pregnancies and how difficult it is to win them back postpartum!! Jacey is one of my favourit I pre-ordered this book the moment that I could and I was not disappointed! As someone who has followed Jacey for years it was fascinating to hear the full story behind the glimpses we see. For example, the full situation regarding her dog Polly (I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read the book yet). I must say that I am horrified by how brands seem to drop influencers as soon as they announce their pregnancies and how difficult it is to win them back postpartum!! Jacey is one of my favourite online content creators and this incredibly raw and honest account of her life and what the job really entails has only made me like her even more. If you're a fan of Jacey's this is a must!! If you're not a fan yet well... you might be after reading this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Luisa

    An interesting insight into the women with that one Chanel bag or Louis Vuitton bag that can’t afford it but go for it because is “who you want to project” . Some interesting parts, tries to relatable ( the struggle of not being size cero for example) but overall lacks depth . The podcast episode of Maintenance Phase about Rachel Hollis is a good deconstruction if the new wave of influencer/ blogger books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diana Beckham

    I didn't have a lot of high hopes for this book because I am not into fashion, but this book pleasantly surprised me. Some parts were hard to relate with because she has such a glamorous life but she really ties it in when she starts to experience some things that any and most women can relate too. Very well written. She kept my attention from the beginning and I never got bored through the whole book. Read it! I didn't have a lot of high hopes for this book because I am not into fashion, but this book pleasantly surprised me. Some parts were hard to relate with because she has such a glamorous life but she really ties it in when she starts to experience some things that any and most women can relate too. Very well written. She kept my attention from the beginning and I never got bored through the whole book. Read it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I was skeptical going into this because I have followed Jacey on and off for years, without ever feeling like I could truly get a read on who she is as a person. Wow, wow, wow was her book illuminating. As someone who is fascinated by content creation as a career, I was captivated by the way Jacey pulled the curtain alllll the way back on her personal life and professional choices. I only have respect and admiration for the life she has built!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    I absolutely loved reading this book. I’ve followed Jacey for years and always noted “she’s my favorite blogger” but this story was raw and really pulled back the curtain. There were moments I related to jacey and others where I’ve learned from her. She’s not only my “favorite blogger” but perhaps my “favorite author” !

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kim Cindle Rieger

    I’ve followed Jacey longer and more consistently than any other influencer, so I was already a fan. This memoir provides a deep, vulnerable account of events in her personal life. I’ve never enjoyed listening to audiobooks and have never managed to finish one. Listening to this book in the authors voice, however, was a delight!

  16. 4 out of 5

    =^.^= Janet =^.^=

    Although I can appreciate what she went through, this book was UNREADABLE.. All of our lives suck in ways we don't want to admit to but we don't need to be self-absorbed enough to be "an influencer". Get an education and get a real job and go from there...don't be an ex-Bachelor-sugar-bear-vitamins-shilling-influencer, be a person who influences: THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE. Although I can appreciate what she went through, this book was UNREADABLE.. All of our lives suck in ways we don't want to admit to but we don't need to be self-absorbed enough to be "an influencer". Get an education and get a real job and go from there...don't be an ex-Bachelor-sugar-bear-vitamins-shilling-influencer, be a person who influences: THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Enjoyed her story and real look into influencer life and creating a personal brand. It’s refreshing to hear so much honesty about social media, blogging, and the fashion world! Writing wasn’t as captivating as I would’ve liked, but found the stories to be relatable and raw.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    I enjoyed her brutally honest story, what it took for her to become a successful blogger, and the toll it took on herself, her relationships and family. She did not shy away from sharing the ugly, which made the beautiful, redemptive moments shine even more.

  19. 5 out of 5

    M

    I don't follow this influencer but I was intrigued by the title. I appreciate how raw and vulnerable she gets in the book talking about her childhood and things that have made her the way she is. It was a good fast read. I don't follow this influencer but I was intrigued by the title. I appreciate how raw and vulnerable she gets in the book talking about her childhood and things that have made her the way she is. It was a good fast read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Jang

    I do think there was a fair amount of humble brag with this book. I've never heard of this lady, but the education was nice for someone who wants to be an influencer. I'm glad she ended the book by coming clean and recognizing what really matters in life. Thank you so much to Netgalley for this advanced reader's copy for an honest review. I do think there was a fair amount of humble brag with this book. I've never heard of this lady, but the education was nice for someone who wants to be an influencer. I'm glad she ended the book by coming clean and recognizing what really matters in life. Thank you so much to Netgalley for this advanced reader's copy for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Bryan

    2.5 stars. It was a quick and easy read. If you are a fan of Jacey and her social media feed, you will appreciate the details. But nothing I would recommend to others. I enjoyed it and liked learning more about her.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Very honest and raw

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Buchnoff

    Good memoir about the influencer lifestyle. Listened on audiobook.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bookclubbish

    Categories Inspiration & Personal Growth, Motivational Business & Economics, Personal Memoirs, Business Biographies & Autobiographies

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julia Marshall

    “It took all the tiny slivers of time in between that added up, creating real happiness” (285). “For a long time, those fears held me back from so much goodness that life, has to offer” (285).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Blair

    I knew this would be a “fun” read… but it was so much deeper, honest, and authentic than I expected. I couldn’t put it down. Well done!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Badeen

    Wow!!! I have always liked following Jacey and her auto-biography helps encapsulate a lot of why I do. This book was truly enjoyable to read from start to finish.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I loved this book! Particularly the pieces around a parent experiencing addiction. I relate so deeply and feel so seen by this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I honestly wasn’t familiar with this influencer before hearing others talk about her recent memoir. But I really loved hearing about her childhood, her hustle to a successful blog, and ultimately realizing what’s most important.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah C.

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