Lili Reinhart wakes up to ‘serious’ body image issues

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It’s a process. Lili Reinhart detailed her battle with body image in a raw and revealing way.

“I’ve struggled with obsessive thoughts about my body/weight for the past few months and it got pretty bad in the last week,” said the Riverdale star, 25, began in a series of Instagram Story posts on Thursday, January 13. “So I want to take a moment to be vulnerable and share this in hopes that those of you who are also struggling don’t feel so alone. I’m here with you. It’s hard to look at your body with love instead of criticism. This is a practice that I am still learning.

Reinhart went on to explain how Hollywood had impacted her perception of herself. “I didn’t think I was in this industry, which is so obsessed with women [sic] body and weight, could ever mess with my own body acceptance and positivity…but it does,” she continued. “I wish I hadn’t grown up in a time when the media only revered one woman’s size.”

Despite the chemical hearts negative thoughts of the star surrounding her body, she pointed out her attributes.

“My body has carried me through 25 years of life. All my scars, my tears, my traumas…I wish I could love her more, even if it doesn’t feel like I had when I was 20 years. But I try,” she noted. “I know my body deserves so much love and admiration regardless of its size. Not feeling at home in your skin is a devastating feeling. As if my body had betrayed me by changing. I looked in the mirror and tightened my skin to see what I *should* look like. What I’m expected to look like… in an industry where you’re ~inconvenient~ when it’s not a sample size.

Reinhart went on to blame society’s unrealistic standards for women’s current issues with body image. “It’s painful to think that hundreds of millions of us are so preoccupied with how our bodies look. It’s an incredibly flawed system. Somewhere along the line, humanity has really screwed this one up- here,” she wrote, then sharing a photo of an ancient Greek statue of Aphrodite to show how the ideals of the world have changed over the years.

The actress concluded, “I know I’m not the only one with this toxic way of thinking about my body. And it’s heartbreaking that this sentiment is understood by so many of us. Let’s keep talking about it. Normalize it. Show empathy towards others. Show compassion and kindness.

Reinhart has spoken in the past about his insecurities, including in February 2020 when a fan called the Riverdale casting to portray teenagers with “perfectly chiseled bodies.”

“Actually, not everyone on this show is perfectly chiseled,” said the Hustlers star responded via Twitter at the time. “And even I sometimes feel intimidated by the physique of my surrounding castmates when I have to do bra/undies scenes.”

Reinhart added that she had “accepted my body” but was still struggling “on a daily basis”, noting, “I have bigger boobs, I have cellulite on my thighs/buttocks and my belly protrudes rather than curves.”

The Ohio native shared at the time that she gained weight due to depression, but through her scenes on Riverdale, she “felt it my duty to be strong and show confidence in myself, looking the way I do.”

Reinhart previously shut down pregnancy rumors in May 2018 while dating her co-star Cole Sprouse. (The pair were together on and off from 2017 to 2020.)

“My body is something I will NEVER apologize for,” she wrote via her Instagram story at the time. “My body will constantly undergo changes. And yours too. And it’s good. So let’s not spend so much time and effort worrying about a stranger’s figure.

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