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Star of Riverdale, Lili Reinhart, has publicly called out celebrities who've admitted to 'starving' themselves ahead of the Met Gala. Although Lili didn't mention any names specifically, many believe she was alluding to Kim Kardashian with her comments, after Kim plainly stated on the red carpet that she'd lost '16lbs in 3 weeks' in order to fit into her Jean Louis dress, previously worn by Marilyn Monroe.
Taking to her Instagram Stories, Lili shared her thoughts with her 29 million followers, writing: "To walk on a red carpet and do an interview where you say how starving you are... because you haven't eaten carbs in the last month... all to fit in a f*cking dress? So wrong. So f*cked on 100s of levels."
She then continued on to describe advocating crash diets as displaying 'other-worldly ignorance'.
"To openly admit to starving yourself for the sake of the Met Gala. When you know very well that millions of young men and women are looking up to you and listening to your every word. The ignorance is other-worldly disgusting."
This is far from the first time Lili has used her platform to speak out about body image pressures and life in the spotlight either – earlier this year she admitted (also on Instagram Stories) that she was struggling with obsessive thoughts concerning her appearance.
Speaking candidly [via Buzzfeed], Lili remarked, "I've been struggling with obsessive thoughts about my body/weight the last few months and it's gotten pretty severe in the last week... I want to take a moment to be vulnerable and share this in the hope that any of you who are also struggling don't feel so alone."
She added that previously, she'd hoped working in the public eye wouldn't interfere with how she feels about herself, but that sadly it has – and a big reason why is the lack of diverse representation in the media. "I didn't think being in this industry, that is so obsessed with women's bodies and weights, could ever mess with my own body acceptance and positivity," Lili wrote. "But it has. I wish I hadn't grown up in a time where the media worshipped only one size of women."
"It's painful to think hundreds of millions of us are so concerned with what our bodies look like. That's an incredibly broken system," she added. "Somewhere along the line, humanity really f*cked this one up."
The actor ended her series of poignant posts by reminding her followers how important it is to talk about their feelings, in order to help unpack the toxic beauty standards that we've all sadly been subjected to somewhere along the line.
"It's heartbreaking that this feeling is understood by so many of us," she said. "Let's continue to talk about it. Normalize it. Empathize with others. Show compassion and kindness."
Three cheers for Lili, for saying it how it is. 👏👏👏
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