Normani is a multiplatin star, but she hasn’t always felt that way.

A watch from her latest music video “Wild Side” and “Underdog” is hardly the first adjective that comes to mind when you think of the powerful performer. But, as she told Allure, being bullied as a child has taken a lasting toll. “I’ve always felt like an outsider,” she said, “in everything I’ve ever done.”

While the 25-year-old multihyphenate is now exploiting her many talents as a solo artist, it does not seem to her to have been quite able to do so in the years she has made as a member of music Fifth harmony. “I couldn’t really sing in the group. I felt overlooked,” she told the magazine. “This idea was projected onto me.

Well, as Normani has made clear with her own hits, her place is at the center of a stage. At the same time, she serves as an example to the world of why black women should never be generalized.