In Seventeen's February 2013 issue, cover girl Troian Bellisario gets personal in her most intimate interview yet! We watch her week after week as Spencer Hastings in the ABC Family hit show Pretty Little Liars, but we've never seen the star this candid as she reveals her thoughts on beauty and more.

In the exclusive interview, Troian reveals her hands-off approach to truly loving her looks. For this PLL star, it's all about natural beauty! Troian confesses: "I love being natural. I never feel more beautiful then after I've been to the beach and my hair's just a crazy mess of salt curls, or when I've just been outside all day hiking. I feel like my skin is at its most beautiful during those times, too-so I try not to do a lot." Beach curls and a natural glow-we can't get enough of her confident stance on feeling gorgeous.

She is remarkably frank about the emotional toll playing a highly-acclaimed character often takes, but divulges how fashion helps her remember who she is when the cameras go off. "Sometimes I feel like I'm trying too hard, like I don't belong. I just look around at Lucy [Hale], Shay [Mitchell], and Ashley [Benson], and I'm just like, Why am I on this show? Sometimes I've felt like a fraud. Like, I'm not like these other girls – I don't dress like that and don't know how to do my hair. The minute I'm off that stage, I try to get as "me" as possible. I do that by piling on my black eyeliner, and I put on my ripped tights. Dressing like myself again helps."

Troian admits struggling as a teen with self-harming habits, but with her current positive outlook on feeling comfortable in her own skin you'd never know. "I've heard fans say that I'm perfect on the show and I want to tell them I've been through two hours of hair and makeup. Don't hold yourself up to that!"

Click through the gallery above to see more snapshots of Troian Bellisario's feature in Seventeen.

The February issue of Seventeen hits newssstands on January 7th, and you can click here to see the full photo shoot!

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