Lili Reinhart opened up about her battle with her body image. On February 6, the actress revealed that she felt “insecure” while filming Riverdale after a fan called out the actors on the show for having “perfectly chiseled” physiques.
“Don't you think TV shows like this aimed at teenagers are contributing to unrealistic body expectations and body image issues?" a fan asked in a since-deleted Tweet. Lili, 23, responded in an honest Twitter thread. "Actually, not everyone on this show is perfectly chiseled," she began.
"Even I feel intimidated by the physique of my surrounding cast mates sometimes when I have to do bra/underwear scenes," the Hustlers actress continued. "I’ve felt very insecure due to the expectation that people have for women on TV, what they should look like."
Despite Lili’s insecurities, she added that she came to terms with her appearance. “I’m not the kind of person you would see walking on a runway during fashion week," she wrote. "I have bigger boobs, I have cellulite on my thighs/butt, and my stomach sticks out rather than curves in. This is still something I struggle with on a daily basis. And it doesn’t help when I’m being compared to other women.”
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The Cleveland native also confessed that over the last two months, she gained weight and felt very insecure about it. Lili noted that in the midst of her weight gain, she had to do a “bra and underwear scene” on Riverdale. She said she got through it because she felt it was her “obligation to be strong and show confidence” in herself, based on her physical appearance.
"I want other young women to see my body on TV and feel comfort in the fact that I’m not a size 0. And I’m not a perfect hourglass shape," she continued. "This industry struggles with accurate representation of female and male bodies. So I commend the women who have helped our industry take a step in the right ~and authentic~ direction. (Charli Howard being my favorite role model)."
The Miss Stevens actress previously told Glamour UK in November 2019 about her constant battle with body dysmorphia. "Even today, I see myself in the mirror and think, this doesn't look the way the world tells me it should," she told the magazine. "I don't have a cinched, minuscule waist. I do have curves, I have cellulite, my arms aren't stick thin. This is my body and we’re told that it should fit certain proportions."
Lili added, "There's such a disgusting problem right now with people photoshopping their bodies. Obviously, there's a reason why people do it, they're insecure, they feel like they're not good enough, and that's incredibly sad."