Actress Lili Reinhart of Riverdale fame is being praised for a powerful speech she gave on body image for Glamour Magazine‘s 2018 Women of the Year Summit. The star addressed the importance of self-care and whether or not a slim person had the right to discuss body image.
In the speech, Reinhart said:
“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 are 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 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.”
The actress is being applauded on social media for speaking out on a topic that affects so many.
You can watch Reinhart deliver the speech below
"Embracing your natural beauty does not exclude anyone. There is no fine print. You can be naturally beautiful with acne, scars, cellulite or curves." – @lilireinhart #GlamourWOTY pic.twitter.com/rAtLS3pPnL
— Glamour (@glamourmag) November 11, 2018
Reinhard won over many new fans.
What a speech. Congratulations Lili you are amazing! Keep inspiring!! ????????
— Lola (@DeaneYaniCallu) November 11, 2018
Say it louder, Lily! Beautifully said. Never apologize for the way you look, ladies, but celebrate it. We all have insecurities, but they do not define who we are and what we’re capable of. ????????
— Exaria (@Exariag) November 12, 2018
I sent this to my 11-year-old daughter. It starts so damn early. The only way to push back is to expose it and talk about it.
— PoppyWrites (@poppy_writes) November 12, 2018
Wow, this brought me to tears. Lili is such an amazing inspiration. I love how raw & honest she is. It’s comforting to know she understands how we feel. Her courage & authenticity is empowering. I can’t thank her enough for everything. I’m so proud & grateful to be her fan. ????
— Chelsea ♡ (@NancyDrewGal) November 12, 2018
Girl you expressed how every single one of us feels at some point. Some of us, too many of us, feel these things every day. Your speech was inspiring and empowering thank you! Made me love you even more ????????????????
— Ellie Rose (@ElizabethRose26) November 12, 2018
Not only a great actress, but also a GREAT speaker ????????
— ???????????????????????????? (@alfxlasi) November 12, 2018
It’s about damn time someone speaks up about this! @lilireinhart you rock, keep up the awesome work! The world needs women like you in the industry to help others feel good about their looks and accept themselves as they are and not be insecure and hate their looks.
— Barbara Oden (@BarbaraOden6) November 12, 2018
This just made me realise that I shouldn’t let girls at school who are ‘fitter’ then me make me question MYSELF i should be the one feeling good about myself and not care about what others think thank you so much @lilireinhart you are an amazing person ????
— Elliot-may butler (@_Elliexmayy_) November 13, 2018
I could not be more amazed at how powerful and strong this woman is. She has such a big impact and influence on so many young women around the world. Not only young women too. She inspires us to let go of our insecurities a little and not worry about looks.
— Savannah (@savannahbeham) November 13, 2018
I hate telling people Im trying to lose weight and they go "No! your body is perfect!".
Because THEY think it looks good, doesnt mean that I feel comfortable in this body. Especially if its someone who appears to be larger than me,They hate it the most when I tell them I feel fat
— Fire Bird (@Phoenix_15) November 12, 2018
We couldn’t agree more!