'Riverdale' star Camila Mendes explains how she turned her struggles with bulimia into something positive
Camila Mendes gets candid about her struggles with eating disorder and in her latest interview she reveals how she complete quit dieting
The leading ladies of 'Riverdale,' have always been candid and upfront about their struggles while advocating body positivity. In a recent interview with Shape magazine, Camila Mendes talks explicitly about her past battle with bulimia.
For the November issue, she discussed her choice to go public with the disorder last year. "It just felt so necessary for me to speak about those things," she tells Shape. "I realized that I have this platform, and young women and men who look up to me, and there is a tremendous power to do something positive with it."
Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge on 'Riverdale,' is one of the recent voices joining the growing movement of young celebrities who are choosing to embrace their natural shape. She says, "This body-positivity movement we're having right now is so amazing and it's helping me so much. I'm seeing all these people I look up to, like Rihanna, open up about their weight fluctuations and loving themselves the way they are. That makes me love myself more too."
In the process of learning self-love, the actress said that she has learned different methods for staying healthy, like finding time for herself and seeing a nutritionist and therapist.
The nutritionist was actually the one who encouraged Camila to stop dieting and just start eating well. "I was always on some kind of weird diet but I haven't been on one since. I'm very proud of myself," she shares. While her battle with dieting is over, there are some days when she feels a bit insecure, but when she does, she tells herself, "You're fine. You look good. This is your prime, so enjoy it."
However, this is not the first time the 'Riverdale' star opened up about her eating disorder. Eight months ago she opened up about recovering and how she finds the strength to “clear her head of all the negative voices that creep in every once in a while,” with an all-text Instagram post.