Lili Reinhart’s Revealing Speech About Body Image



We exist in a world today where everything can be faked or fixed.

Noses can be changed and stomachs can be tightened and cellulite can be lasered away apparently because that's what we're told to do which is alter ourselves in order to be beautiful.

For the past year, I've been quietly trying to navigate my fluctuating weight and I've faced criticism in the past for talking about my body image.

People told me that I didn't have the right to talk about being self-conscious about my body because I was skinny.

And I understand how it seems inappropriate for someone who is average-sized 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.

And 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, so I became hyper aware of my changing body.

I could see the difference in my shape and photos and wondered if anyone else was noticing.

I felt this strange, constant struggle of having to live up to the expectation of the appearance that I had already established to the world.