We are all super proud of Camila Mendes. The actress, who has previously revealed that she used to suffer from an eating disorder, just opened up about how it affected her work. The brunette beauty said that she would break down in tears during Riverdale fittings because she was so insecure about the clothes her character would wear, and our hearts are breaking for her.
Speaking at PopSugar’s Play/Ground summit in New York on Saturday, June 22, the Riverdale star revealed that although the problem developed when she was younger, she was in denial about it at first. And it wasn’t until she started acting that she finally realized that she had a problem.
“I don’t even think I knew I had an eating disorder until I was in the industry,” she explained. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve been in denial about my issues.'”
The 24-year-old added that the moment she realized that she needed help came when she couldn’t get through her Riverdale fittings.
“I started to see a therapist and started getting serious about recovery when I couldn’t get through a fitting,” Camila continued. “It was like so the opposite of what I like to wear and it was really uncomfortable. It made me really insecure, so it got to a point where I couldn’t get through a fitting. Thirty minutes in, I was crying, I was like, ‘Why don’t things fit me a certain way?’ That’s when I made a change and I started seeing a therapist and I highly recommend it.”
“I’ve struggled with bulimia,” she previously told Shape Magazine. “It happened a little bit in high school and again when I was in college. Then it came back when I started working in this industry with fittings all the time and watching myself on camera. I had such an emotional relationship with food and anxiety about everything I put into my body. If I ate a sweet, I would be like, ‘Oh my God, I’m not going to eat for five hours now.’ I was always punishing myself. I was even anxious about healthy food. I was consumed with the details of what I was eating, and I always felt as if I was doing something wrong.”
We are seriously so amazed by her strength.
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