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Lili Reinhart was already frustrated with the society's unrealistic standards and rude comments on social media, but it only got worse when she faced her "staggering weight last year "Dealt.
The Riverdale star, 22, commented on her own physical insecurities and the pressure to look like Photoshops during her speech to the Women of the Year glamor on Sunday.
"For a year … I've been quietly trying to cope with my staggering weight, and in the past I've come across criticism for talking about my body image," she said. "People told me that I do not have the right to talk about my body because I'm skinny. And I understand that for someone of average height, it seems inappropriate to talk about weight gain issues. My point is, I did not think anything was okay with my body until I was in an industry where people are rewarded for having a smaller waist than I ever had. "
Reinhart, who was dealing with false rumors that she was pregnant in May, said she had started taking photos of herself.
"I became extremely aware of my changed body," she said. "I could see the difference in my form on the photos and wondered if anyone else noticed. I felt this strange, constant struggle to fulfill the expectation of appearance that I had already created for the world. "(Her costar and shape cover star, Camila Mendes, has also expressed herself openly about the struggle to love her body, especially her stomach.)
" I found myself constantly in the mirror, examining my body. Thinking sometimes … Okay, okay, I was too hard for myself. All is well. I'm still the same size. Everything is OK. "Just go back to the mirror a few hours later … and find that my stomach looked completely different," she continued. "So I thought, did my thinking lied? How can my body look so different in the course of a day and why do I feel that I have to apologize to the world for my ever-changing self? I did not want the world to believe that I would inspire them with my appearance or make me a particular size and shape when my body clearly changed.
The CW star said she was wondering if this was a problem of body dysmorphism, or if it was just something a woman feels but does not discuss. And Reinhart thought about how she would talk about it with her future children. (See also: Lili Reinhart says she has some type of body dysmorphism due to her acne.)
"Will my daughter be confident in gaining weight? Will she feel the need to explain or justify her body if it changes? Will she feel the same need I'm doing now ̵
Reinhart said that people in the social media and magazines who are perfectly airbrushed are partly responsible for making people feel inadequate.
"We were not born with these insecurities," she said, "We are told we are uncertain about certain things, we are prepared to be ashamed or ashamed of certain parts of ourselves."
However, Reinhart has recognized that nothing can change overnight. Rather, it's about finding each person's strength and pushing the negativity away, meaning they do not track some people on Instagram and focus on themselves.
"I do not have a perfect solution," she said. "But I've discovered some things that will help me have those better days, and I started purifying content that made me feel less well on a daily basis, following the reports on Insta Gram, who questioned the shape and curves of my body. I also started to live a more active lifestyle because I wanted to feel healthy inside, which requires some considerate effort from my side. But I wanted to know that I was healthy and strong without having the same dimensions as the other women I see. "
And Reinhart encouraged people in the audience to accept their bodies.
Beauty, excludes nobody. There is no fine print. Of course, you can be beautiful with acne or scars, cellulite or curves. Let us celebrate each other and ourselves as we are, as we will be and as we were destined. Unique. Imperfect. Beautiful. And so incredibly powerful.
This story was originally published on People.com by Julie Mazziotta.