'Riverdale' star Lili Reinhart gets real, slams showbiz for rewarding and praising people for being thin
Reinhart spoke at Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year summit, about body image, mental health and, social media and shared her experience with body dysmorphia.
Lili Reinhart, known for her character Betty Cooper on 'Riverdale' has criticized the entertainment industry for pressuring women into being of a certain body type. Reinhart spoke at Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year summit, about body image, mental health and, social media. She opened up about her personal experience with body dysmorphia and the criticism she faced for having insecurities about a certain body type, reported Independent.
"Embracing your natural beauty does not exclude anyone. There is no fine print. You can be naturally beautiful with acne, scars, cellulite or curves." - @lilireinhart #GlamourWOTY pic.twitter.com/rAtLS3pPnL— Glamour (@glamourmag) November 11, 2018
"People told me I didn't have the right to talk about being self-conscious about my body, because I was skinny," said Reinhart. The young actress never felt anything wrong with her body "until I was in an industry that rewards and praises people for having smaller waist than I will ever have." The actress revealed her experiences with body dysmorphia and how she is constantly examining herself in the mirror and seeing a different reflection of herself every time.
“How can my body look so different over the course of one day and why do I feel like I need to apologise to the world for my ever-changing self?” she said. “I didn’t want the world to think I was catfishing them with my appearance, or making myself out to be a certain size and shape when clearly my body was changing.”
Reinhart motivated the audience to find a balance between their "natural, vulnerable side" with their "glamorous, contoured side” and said, "There is no fine print."
The actor won praises all over social media for calling out the industry and standing in support of women. The star concluded her speech saying, "You can be naturally beautiful with acne or scars, cellulite or curves. So let’s celebrate each other, and ourselves, as we are, as we will be, and as we were meant to be. Unique. Imperfect. Beautiful. And so incredibly powerful.”
One of her fans commented saying, "Thank you for your beautiful speech Lili. I cannot even explain how much it means to me to hear something like that from someone I look up to. Ily." While another said, "We are all so proud of you. thank you speaking up about self love and acceptance you don’t know how much you’re helping so many young girls and I. We love and appreciate you so much."
This is not the first time the 'Riverdale' actress was talking about body positivism. Reinhart had previously taken to social media to express the importance of embracing their body in its natural form.
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Some days are harder than others to accept your body for how it is. The “ideal body” is often presented to us as looking one particular way... but that’s a concept I hope to help change. There is not one shape that’s more beautiful than another. We should be exposed to all body types in advertising and media. That’s why I have so much appreciation for Aerie and their representation of all shapes and sizes in their campaigns. For every unretouched swim photo you share with #AerieREAL, @Aerie will donate $1 (up to $25K) to @NEDA, a non-profit that supports those affected by eating disorders. #AeriePartner
Reinhart touched many of her fans by saying, "There is not one shape that’s more beautiful than another. We should be exposed to all body types in advertising and media" and condemned the industry's take on beauty. There are only a handful of people who, even after being a part of the industry, do not fear to call it out for the unjust practices.