Lili Reinhart shuts down trolls who said she was built like Gigi Hadid
'Riverdale' actor Lili Reinhart gave her two cents about body shaming on social media in a series of tweets
'Riverdale' actor Lili Reinhart is no stranger to body shaming on social media. But clearly, she's never backing down from showing trolls their place and speaking her mind about what she really thinks about the constant critiquing. The 21-year-old blonde took to Twitter recently to express her emotions about how she felt when people put her physique under the microscope all the time. She said in one of the tweets, "Feeling really disheartened by the fact that so many people are saying ‘you’re skinny so shut up about embracing your body'. As if my body dysmorphia is irrelevant because of how I look to some people. I’m either not curvy enough or not skinny enough to feel insecure."
It all started after a recent shoot that she did for Harper's Bazaar where she channeled icons from old Hollywood. She's also posed as Marilyn Munroe and in the interview for the same publication, she said, "Marilyn Monroe was a curvy girl: she had boobs and she didn’t have a 24-inch waist. To me that’s really inspiring and makes me feel like my body can be accepted." And that sparked haters into action. One user commented, "Y'all need to stop letting girls built like Gigi Hadid a platform to talk about how their bodies "aren't accepted" like they're not the industry standard. it's tiring." to which Lili responded by saying, "My body is not like hers. Thought that was quite obvious.
Insecurity exists outside the limits of a certain dress size. You’re not helping the problem." She further added, "Telling someone they don’t deserve to feel insecure because their body is "fine" or "just like" whomever.. is wrong. That’s part of the problem. That’s part of body shaming. I will never understand how someone can be so cowardly as to hide behind their phone and tell a stranger that their feelings are irrelevant and considered "whining," just because they think you represent some ideal figure or shape.
I hope this example helps show you a significant problem that’s going on today with young boys and girls. This is why people with mental health issues- depression, eating disorders, body dismirphia— sometimes don’t get the help they need because they’re shamed into being quiet. Mental illness gets worse when people say that you don’t have a right to feel the way you do. That’s where we are failing. Do not encourage this behavior. It is destructive. More destructive than you’ll ever realize. You may not understand someone’s insecurity – but respect it."
She admitted to ET that it does bother her. She said, "It did take a hit to my self-esteem for a second and then I kind of picked myself back up and said, ‘I'm not going to let this ruin my day!’" Way to go, Lili!