All hail the Queen of the North.

By Faith Brar
October 10, 2019
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Sophie Turner just became the latest celeb to call out toxic diet culture. The Game of Thrones actress took to her Instagram Stories and mocked social media influencers who push physically harmful weight-loss products on their followers simply for financial gain.

Bundled up in a beanie and scarf with a filter accentuating her lips, Turner addressed fans in her best American accent. "Hey guys, just kind of going for my influencer look today," she said. "Today I just wanted to promote this new powder stuff that you put in your tea. Basically, it makes you sh*t your brains out." (Related: The Truth About Detox Tea Cleanses)

"It's totally, really, really bad for me to be promoting to young women and young people everywhere, but I don't really give a f*ck because I'm getting paid money for it," she continued. 

Turner ended her mini-rant ironically exclaiming, "Influencer life!"

Sarcasm aside though, the implications of diet culture really hit home for Turner. She's personally struggled with the pressure of conforming to unrealistic beauty standards and has gone to great, often unhealthy lengths to achieve a certain aesthetic. "I was too aware of my body at a young age," she told The Sunday Times earlier this year. "And it just kind of took over my mind, it was all I would think about. Calorie counting, everything. Oh, I'll just eat nuts today."

It wasn't until Turner was 19 years old that she sought help for her disordered eating habits. "I stopped having my period for a year—that's when I decided to have therapy," she said. (Related: Sophie Turner Gets Candid About Her Battle with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts)

ICYDK, fellow actress Jameela Jamil of The Good Place has also used her platform to raise awareness of diet culture and the impact it can have on young people. Jamil has openly called out celebrities like Kim and Khloé Kardashian, Amber Rose, and Cardi B for promoting unhealthy detox teas and shakes. She even started a petition to prevent celebs and influencers from promoting such products on social media, which has been backed by nearly 250,000 supporters. More recently, Jamil actually teamed up with Instagram to create a new policy restricting the promotion of harmful weight-loss products on the platform.

"The issue is at its peak because, in my day, you'd have to search for ages to find this toxic information, but now it finds you because of algorithms that know your age, sex and what you're into," Jamil told Elle UK of her work with Instagram.

While the social media platform's new policy is much-needed, Jamil has also been keen to highlight the responsibility that Instagram users themselves have when navigating their feeds. "Curate your space," she told Elle UK, explaining that she personally unfollows anyone who makes her feel bad about herself. "Just like as in your personal life, you have to do that online."

In other words, it sounds like you need to follow Sophie Turner on Instagram ASAP.


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