In February, Lili Reinhart tweeted that she often feels "intimidated" by her costars' bodies.
Now, Lili is speaking out about showing off her body on Riverdale to practice body positivity.
Lili Reinhart has always spoken openly about body positivity and her own insecurities when it comes to her body. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, the actress revealed how hard it can sometimes be to accept herself and show her body onscreen, though she knows it's important.
"I don’t have the CW girl body—tiny waist, nice-shaped legs, skinny, small, tiny," Lili said.
Last season on Riverdale, Lili had to do a scene in a bra and underwear, and she admitted that she was nervous about it. "I really, really didn’t want to do it," she admitted. "I didn’t tell anyone this. I wasn’t pressured into doing it. I did it because it was my job. But I felt bad about myself doing it. I really did."
In the end, though, Lili felt it was important to do the scene as written. "I can’t preach body positivity if I don’t practice it. So even if I’m not feeling amazing about my body, I felt it was important for me to do the scene anyway in my bra and underwear so people could see my body as it was. I did it for the people who feel like they need to look a certain way."
Earlier this year, Lili spoke about how her castmates' bodies sometimes intimidate her. A fan tweeted out to her, asking why every person on Riverdale has "perfectly chiseled bodies."
"Actually, not everyone on this show is perfectly chiseled," Lili said in a string of now-deleted tweets. "And even I feel intimidated by the physique of my surrounding cast mates sometimes when I have to do bra/underwear scenes. I’ve felt very insecure due to the expectation that people have for women on tv, what they should look like."
She continued saying she has "come to terms" with her body. "I'm not the kind of person you would see walking on a runway during fashion week. I have bigger boobs, I have cellulite on my thighs/butt, and my sticks out rather than curves in." Lili admitted that it's still something she struggles with "on a daily basis" and it doesn't help to be "compared to other women."
Lili told the LA Times that she doesn't take the opinions of Internet trolls who "hide behind a fake Twitter account and call [her] fat," seriously. She knows that what she sees on there isn't realistic anyway.
"You go on Instagram, and I’m like, 'Oh, look, all these people with these beautifully toned bodies' and then go to the beach—does anyone on the beach in the real world look like that?" she said. "I don’t see anyone looking like this. Instagram and Victoria’s Secret runways are not a portrayal of how people look in real life."
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