“Riverdale” star Lili Reinhart is speaking out after social media critics say she’s too thin to have body issues.
“Feeling really disheartened by the fact that so many people are saying ‘you’re skinny so shut up about embrscing [sic] your body,’” she tweeted on Wednesday morning. “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.”
Reinhart, who’s spoken out about her battle with depression and anxiety, added, “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 [sic]. 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.”
The comments stemmed from a recent article in Harper’s Bazaar in which the 21-year-old actress said she was inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s curvy figure because it made her feel like her body would be accepted.
After a Twitter user criticized her, she snapped back, “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,” she added in another tweet.
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