Not cool! Lili Reinhart just clapped back at some nasty body shamers who were hating on her after she had opened up about her insecurities.
“How sad is it that I come forward about my insecurities and people have the audacity to tell me that my feelings aren’t valid,” the actress wrote on Twitter alongside a screen recording of some Instagram comments she had received. “People like this, the ones who leave these ignorant comments, are the reason why people don’t speak out and end up struggling alone. Shame on you.”
“She’s still white and thin, her body type is completely societally accepted. There is nothing subversive about this or her. And what? She went from size zero to two? Come on,” one of the comments read, with another fan adding, “I’m so tired of seeing gorgeous celebrities appropriating these kind of speeches! They don’t have to apologize for being beautiful but they don’t have to say ridiculous stuff like this. Even if they are not anorexic or if they have acne, they still conform to the standards. It’s just ridiculous!”
“Don’t you think TV shows like this aimed at teenagers are contributing to unrealistic body expectations [and] body image issues?” the fan quipped.
“Actually, not everyone on this show is perfectly chiseled. And even I feel intimidated by the physique of my surrounding cast mates sometimes when I have to do bra/underwear scenes,” Lili fired back in a series or Tweets. “I’ve felt very insecure due to the expectation that people have for women on TV, what they should look like. But I have come to terms with my body and that I’m not the kind of person you would see walking on a runway during fashion week. I have bigger boobs, I have cellulite on my thighs/butt, and my stomach sticks out rather than curves in.”
The 23-year-old admitted that it’s something she struggles with “on a daily basis.”
“And it doesn’t help when I’m being compared to other women. I have gained weight due to depression the last two months and I’ve felt very insecure about it,” she continued. “But I did a recent bra and underwear scene and felt it was my obligation to be strong and show confidence in myself, looking as I do. And I want other young women to see my body on TV and feel comfort in the fact that I’m not a size zero. And I’m not a perfect hourglass shape. This industry struggles with accurate representation of female and male bodies. So I commend the women who have helped our industry take a step in the right ~and authentic~ direction.”
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