Lili Reinhart Made an Important Point About Body Dysmorphia
There's no such thing as being "too skinny" (or too "anything") to have insecurities.
Lili Reinhart, Riverdale girl crush and burgeoning body-positivity real-talker, just made a super important point about body-shaming and we are Here. For. It. (Related: The Latest #AerieREAL Girls (Including Reinhart) Will Give You a Swimwear Confidence Boost.)
Earlier this week, she took to Twitter with a message to Internet trolls. "Feeling really disheartened by the fact that so many people are saying 'you're skinny so shut up about embracing your body.' As if my body dysmorphia is irrelevant because of how I look to some people," she wrote, calling out critics who say she's neither curvy enough nor thin enough to have body-image issues. HA!
For the record: Body dysmorphia is characterized by the International OCD Foundation as a fixation on your perceived flaws that causes overly critical thoughts about your body that play on loop in your head. But as Reinhart points out, debilitating body insecurities don't discriminate based on size or perceived "flaws". In other words, there's no such thing as being "too fit" or too anything for that matter to have body-image hang-ups.
The interaction also serves as a reminder that getting people online and IRL to stop talking about other people's bodies is no easy feat. (Related: Inspiring Women Who Are Redefining Body Standards.) This illustrates why we've personally changed the way we talk about women's bodies and the messaging behind the #MindYourOwnShape campaign. Spoiler alert: Loving your shape should never mean hating on someone else's. Do your part to spread positivity online, instead.
Reinhart ended by pointing out that invalidating someone's insecurities is actually quite harmful. "Mental illness gets worse when people say that you don't have a right to feel the way you do," she wrote on Twitter. "You may not understand someone's insecurity-but respect it."
This isn't the first time the actress has been thrust into the body-talk spotlight. In May, when rumors she was pregnant started to spread on social media, Reinhart clapped back in a major way. "This is just my body," she wrote on Instagram. "And sometimes I'm bloated. Sometimes an unflattering photo is taken of me. Sometimes I go through periods of time where I gain weight. My body is something that I will NEVER apologize for. So let's not put so much time and effort into caring about a stranger's figure." Amen to that.