Lili Reinhart took to Twitter this week to talk candidly about body dysmorphia. The Riverdale actress, 21, was body-shamed on Instagram after she shared a photo from her BAZAAR.com Grace Kelly-inspired photo shoot.
In the interview, published on Tuesday, the CW star talked candidly about being a champion for body positivity and how Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe are inspirations to her.
"Marilyn Monroe was a curvy girl: she had boobs and she didn't have a 24-inch waist," Reinhart said. "To me that's really inspiring and makes me feel like my body can be accepted."
Instagram trolls then came for Reinhart in the comments section, blasting her for comparing herself to someone curvy when she’s “skinny.”
“Telling someone they don’t deserve to feel insecure because their body is ‘fine’ or ‘just like’ whomever.. is wrong,” Reinhart tweeted. “That’s part of the problem. That’s part of body shaming.”
She continued: “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. … I hope this example helps show you a significant problem that’s going on today with young boys and girls. This is why people with mental health issues- depression, eating disorders, body dismirphia— sometimes don’t get the help they need because they’re shamed into being quiet.”
Reinhart added that she was feeling “really disheartened by the fact that so many people are saying ‘you’re skinny so shut up about embrscing your body.’ 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.”
Feeling really disheartened by the fact that so many people are saying “you’re skinny so shut up about embrscing your body.” 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.— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) July 4, 2018
She concluded her tweets by encouraging people to stop this kind of behavior and to be aware of mental illness.
"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,” she wrote. “It is destructive. More destructive than you'll ever realize. You may not understand someone's insecurity- but respect it."