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Bethany Mota’s Anti-Bullying Dance Was The Most Inspirational Ever

Tue, October 7, 2014 9:59am EDT by Dory Larrabee 6 Comments

Bethany & Derek Hough’s week 4 dance had me and judge Julianne Hough in tears. Her emotional confession and thoughtful performance was the best of the night. Watch it below.

On the October 6 episode of DWTS, there was not a dry eye in the house after Bethany Mota revealed her struggles with bullying and danced the rumba to a live performance of Colbie Caillat‘s “Try.”

Bethany Mota On ‘DWTS’ — Inspirational Rumba About Bullying In Week 4

In the taped package, Bethany revealed her struggles growing up, saying that her own friends turned on her and bullied her about her weight and physical appearance when she was 12.

“I felt like no one else knew what I was going through,” Bethany cried to the cameras. “I guess I’ll never be confident again, I guess I’ll never truly love myself.”

The theme of the night was the star’s most memorable year. Bethany chose 2009, when she posted her first YouTube video and her life changed forever.

During the emotional rumba with partner Derek Hough, words appeared on a screen behind them — nerd, ugly, fat, loser.

At the end of the dance, Bethany “pushed away” the negative words and “wrote” on the screen: I Love Who I Am.

After the dance, #ILoveWhoIAmBeacause was a trending topic on Twitter.

Julianne Hough tearfully judged her:

“What you stand for is so beautiful and what you wish you could have told yourself years ago, you just told so many girls tonight. You are a role model, not only for young girls, but for women, for mothers, for everybody. I think to love yourself is so important. I love what you stand for.”

Since there wasn’t much rumba content, so they got 8’s from all three judges. America, the guest judge this week, gave them a 9, for a total score of 33.

Bethany Mota Bullied — She’s Pushed Past The Difficult Time

Bethany is such an inspiration to women everywhere. She truly embodies someone who ignored the haters and was able to rise above. She is truly living out her dreams, doing what she loves and we are so proud of her!

Do you think Bethany’s dance was the most inspirational ever, HollywoodLifers?

— Dory Larrabee

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