In an interview on her concert DVD I Told You I Was Trouble, out November 13, Amy Winehouse says: "I'm quite an insecure person. I'm very insecure about the way I look. The more insecure I felt, the more I'd drink...The more insecure I feel, the bigger my hair has to be." Her honesty is appreciated, but not necessarily "refreshing" since her admission is kinda sad. It's interesting, though, that two of the things that have helped catapult her to worldwide stardom — her beehive and her substance abuse — stem from her insecurities. After all, if it weren't for her drinking, she wouldn't have written most of the songs on Back to Black, and the hair certainly didn't hurt in getting attention. So could it be that our insecurities are responsible for much of our success in life?
It probably depends on what kind of person you are, but for many, insecurity can be the fire under your ass that pushes you forward, rather than a wall that holds you back. Amy might think so, anyway! In the same interview, she says that she has no intention of changing because "life is too short." Self-medicating probably isn't the best way to live one's life, but you know, whatever floats your boat... or, uh, drowns your sorrows.