'Riverdale' star Lili Reinhart claps back at critic who say she's not curvy enough to feel insecure
Lili Reinhart, who is currently starring in the hit TV series Riverdale, is not wasting her time in the spotlight. Instead, she has used her platform to speak out about mental health issues and body positivity. As well as suffering from depression and anxiety, she has opened up about her own insecurities relating to her body image.
“I’m not that flawless image person," she said in a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “I could never live up to that." Speaking about her own self-esteem was intended to inspire hope and positivity in others, but some have taken issue with Reinhart speaking about these issues considering the body type she has is well in line with Hollywood standards of beauty.
"Marilyn Monroe was a curvy girl: she had boobs and she didn't have a 24-inch waist," Reinhart - who plays Betty on Riverdale - told the magazine. "To me that's really inspiring and makes me feel like my body can be accepted."
One user tweeted back to this quote, which went out on the Harper's Bazaar Twitter account, criticising Reinhart for talking about these issues with an "industry standard" body:
"y'all need to stop letting girls built like Gigi Hadid a platform to talk about how their bodies "aren't accepted" like they're not the industry standard. it's tiring.
"Betty does know that she wouldn't have a job or be in magazines if her body wasn't socially accepted, right? but no. she'd rather try to tell MY fat ass what body shaming is & that her body "isn't like" Gigi Hadid's even tho it is."
Rather than ignore the criticism, the actress decided to stand up for herself. The way she sees it, her body is nothing like Gigi Hadid's, and explained that having different body types doesn't preclude women from having these insecurities about being "accepted":
"My body is not like hers. Thought that was quite obvious. Insecurity exists outside the limits of a certain dress size. You're not helping the problem.
"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."
As she points out, insecurity is less about how you actually appear to others, than how you feel inside - and no one except for you has the right to explain or dictate how you should feel or think. She then came for the user whose comments sparked off the rant:
"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 [sic] - sometimes don't get the help they need because they're shamed into being quiet."
She then went on to say that she felt "disheartened" by those who told her that her body dysmorphia is "irrelevant," and aruged that this kind of behaviour is ultimately destructive.
While it may feel odd to see women with body types that match conventional beauty standards speaking about those issues, we can all only speak on our own personal experiences - and can't disagree over what other people are going through.