Our favorite body-positive advocate Lili Reinhart clapped back at bullies who said she’s not “curvy” or “skinny enough” to feel insecure about her figure. Um, who are they to judge? Body dysmorphia affects people of every shape and size, which is why we’re glad the Riverdale star took the time to speak out about her own experience. The 21-year-old actress was called out on social media over some quotes from a recent Harper’s Bazaar interview, in which Lili said she was inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s curvy figure because it made her feel like her body would be accepted.
Some fans took issue with Lili saying she struggles with body acceptance. Some might argue that her fans were just trying to compliment her body since they said things like, “I love her so much but she’s acting like she’s suffering? She’s literally so pretty and has an amazing body,” but Lili decided to use this opportunity to educate her followers on the nature of mental health and body image issues.
In a series of tweets, she pointed out that people of all different shapes and sizes experience body dysmorphia and that trying to disprove their feelings doesn’t help… at all.
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.
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) July 3, 2018
Lili went on to say that this is a prime example as to why young boys and girls with mental health issues such as depression, eating disorders, and body dysmorphia don’t seek help – and it’s because she believes they’re shamed into being quiet. “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,” Lili continued.
She added that she was “disheartened” by the negative reaction to her comments. “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,” she wrote, probably referring to those who thought she was pregnant in May.
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 dailing. 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.
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) July 4, 2018
After an unflattering photo of Lili surfaced online, fans were quick to assume she might be expecting a baby with boyfriend Cole Sprouse. They were obviously wrong and Lili later revealed it was a pretty big hit to her self-esteem. But, like the true clapback queen that she is, Lili called out her haters and put an end to all the speculation. Now, she’s doing the same by letting people know that body dysmorphia is not a joke. It’s a real issue that needs to be taken seriously.
She also urged everyone to stop criticizing those who have been open about their mental health issues. Tell ’em, Lili! Body dysmorphia is a mental health problem and Lili’s latest response to critics is an important reminder that we shouldn’t judge anyone.