- Lili Reinhart said she won’t apologise for having days where she struggles with her body confidence.
- The “Riverdale” star gave a moving speech about the pressures of the showbiz industry and her concerns for the future.
- She’s also calling on women to help create positive change in society and shared her top tips for feeling better about your body.
Finding peace with your body isn’t easy for any of us, particularly when you’re young.
Doing so when in the public eye, with strangers criticisng your looks online and paparazzi trying to snap you from unflattering angles, is even harder.
This is something Lili Reinhart knows as well as anyone.
The “Riverdale” star, 22, has previously spoken about her experience with body dysmorphia – a mental health condition which sees someone obsessing over perceived flaws which are often unnoticeable to anyone else.
Now, she’s winning praise for speaking out about body image.
Speaking at Glamour’s 2018 Women of the Year Summit, the actor said she would never apologise for having days where she doesn’t feel good about her body.
“Sometimes I feel like I look like s—,” Reinhart said. “Sometimes I don’t want to talk to anyone. And I’m allowed to have those days. I’m not going to apologise for that.”
Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper in the hit Netflix series, also touched on her experience of so-called “thin privilege” and the pressures of the industry.
“People told me that I didn’t have the right to talk about being self-conscious about my body because I was skinny,” she said. “And I understand how it seems inappropriate for someone who is average size to talk about problems with weight gain. But, my point is, I didn’t think anything was wrong with my body until I was in an industry that rewards and praises people for having a smaller waist than I will ever have.
“It felt unfair to think that I would never have an industry-perfect body, just because I wasn’t genetically built a certain way. I was exposed to young women, smaller than I was, telling me that they needed to lose weight.”
She explained that the pressure she felt to look a certain way left her terrified of any change as her body developed and obsessing over her reflection in the mirror.
Reinhart also expressed her concern for how society treats women’s bodies.
“I think about when I have kids in the future. And will my daughter be self-conscious about gaining weight?” she asked. “Will she feel the need to explain her body or justify it to anyone as it changes?
“Will she feel the same need that I do now – to apologise to her peers and say, ‘My body doesn’t usually look like this,’ or ‘I’m just a little heavier than usual right now’? How utterly ridiculous is it that we even think about explaining the nature of our bodies to other people?”
The actor said she believes the problem stems from “magazines, marketing, and all forms of media” which perpetuate the myth that having cellulite or not wearing makeup makes you less worthy as a person.
Reinhart believes change is long overdue, and it’s up to us to make that change happen.
“The world is not going to reform tomorrow,” she said. “We can’t rely on those who profit from our perceived flaws to change their ways. There is no easy fix to the ideas of women that have existed for hundreds of years.
“So that leaves us with one option, which is changing it ourselves. Showing what’s real with no filter and certainly with no shame.”
The actor is calling on women to “find a healthy balance between expressing the natural, vulnerable side of yourself with the glamorous, contoured side.” That means as well as posting the photos of yourself all dolled up on Saturday night on Instagram, maybe share a Sunday morning hangover selfie too.
Feeling positive about your body
Reinhart also shared her top tips for feeling positive about your body – she recommends curating your Instagram feed and unfollowing any account that makes you feel bad about yourself, staying active so you feel healthy on the inside, and reminding yourself that nearly everything that is presented to us is through filters and doesn’t reflect reality.
“We are all imperfectly beautiful, so let’s embrace that,” she implored. “And practice that in a healthy way. There is a massive, worldwide community of women who are rooting for beauty to be recognised in every shape and colour that we come in. Events like this Glamour Summit are a part of that movement.
“So embracing your natural beauty does not exclude anyone. There is no fine print. 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.”
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