Why Alyson Stoner Shared This Photo Despite the Fear of Nasty Comments
She's encouraging her followers to accept and appreciate themselves—and the beauty of all bodies.
Growing up in the spotlight isn't easy-and if anyone knows that, it's dancer, musician, and former Disney star Alyson Stoner. The 25-year-old, who was once part of the Step Up movie series, recently took to Instagram to share just how often she's trolled for her appearance. It happens so often that she almost didn't share a photo of herself in fear of the hateful comments she might receive.
"I almost didn't post this because the flat-chested, little boy comments really miss the point of celebrating how perfect and wonderful every body size and shape are," she wrote alongside a photo of herself in a sequined cream dress. "It's not news that wardrobe, angles, and natural shifts in weight can transform appearance instantly. But still, so many people cling to representing and defending one status quo." (Related: Kayla Itsines Perfectly Explains Why Wanting What Others Have Will Never Make You Happy)
Stoner continued by encouraging other women to embrace the skin they're in. "I think the magic begins when you start accepting yourself in every phase, not getting too attached to an image, but letting an appreciation for the magnificence of your body guide decisions in self-care," she wrote. (Related: Can You Love Your Body and Still Want to Change It?)
While the road wasn't easy, Stoner revealed that practicing self-acceptance helped her through eating disorders, depression, and anxiety-which is why she refuses to let body-shaming trolls affect her anymore. "When I see this photo, I see hard-earned confidence and ease," she wrote. "I hope you do, too, but I can't control you. Ultimately, it's your loss if you live in a one-size-fits-all world." Preach.