She’s All That actress Rachael Leigh Cook is lashing out against magazines that airbrush images of female celebrities, saying “nothing you see is real.”
The former teen star discussed the impact of images of celebrities on young girls at the Healthy Media for Youth Summit in Washington, D.C., reports Fox News.
“Nothing that you see is real, even if you look at what looks like a candid photo of someone, anything can be done,” she says, adding: “I’m just up in arms about it. People need to know that there are actual lenses that are put on cameras that make people stretched out.”
Rachael remembers starring in The Baby-Sitters Club at 15 affecting her body image. “I remember gaining quite a bit of weight on the first movie that I worked on because, ‘Hey, free food!’
“You’re at that stage where your body is just changing so actively, so it was a natural change, but I remember finishing that film and realizing that I had gained probably 10 pounds over the course of filming which is a lot when you’re only five-foot-two.”
Rachael, who co-starred in 1999’s She’s All That with Freddie Prinze Jr., says she developed issues with food as a teen performer.
“You’re looking for a sense of control, and when you’re in a really transitional phase in your teenage years, I think it’s a pretty normal reaction to develop food issues.”