Pretty Little Liars actress Sasha Pieterse is finally shutting down body shamers by explaining the real reason she packed on the pounds over the last four years. So when the haters began speculating whether or not she's pregnant, Sasha replied by admitting that her weight gain isn't a baby bump, but instead the effect of a hormone imbalance.
“There was major backlash on social media," she took to Twitter. "People were actually angry that I had gained weight, I was being (and still am) called names, made fun of, the (unfortunate) usual but it wasn’t until people started asking and assuming I was pregnant that I decided to say something.”
"I think truly loving yourself is one of the hardest things we as humans can do. We live in a society that literally profits from our self doubt and insecurities. Woman (sic) in particular are judged by their looks wether (sic) they are in the spotlight or not. We’ve subconsciously been shaped by the notion that we can only base our self worth on how people positively or negatively decide to see us.”
“We’ve all heard our parents tell us to treat people the way you want to be treated, but I think often we don’t treat ourselves the way we should be treated. I decided at that point to love myself the way I am right now,” the South African-born star admitted.
“Do not lower yourself to people who refuse to grow higher. If you don’t love yourself, you’ll continue to chase people who don’t love you either.” Amen, sister!
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