Bella Thorne Talks Body Shaming Double Standards in 'Cosmopolitan,' Makes Us Love Her Even More
Teens continue to take over the celebrity world, with Kylie Jenner covering the February 2015 issue of Cosmopolitan. Another under-20 star got her own spread in the magazine: Bella Thorne discussed the gender inequality in body shaming, adding another reason we hope she's The Next Big Thing to our list.
Cosmo started the interview by asking the Shake it Up star if she felt pressure to be perfect 24/7. The star responded by stating that a lot of girls do, but guys don't. Thorne said she feels like guys can be overweight, rude, and have acne scars in photos, but girls are held to a much higher standard of perfection.
As with any celebrity who has a big following on Twitter and Instagram,Thorne states she has dealt with a lot of backlash and negativity on social media that she just doesn't get.
"If a girl wears a bathing suit, she is a ho and is body-shamed. If you don't show your body, you're a prude. You take pictures with a guy and you're a ho; you take pictures with a girlfriend and you're a lesbian. I don't understand how girls can sit there and pick one another apart..." Thorne told Cosmopolitan.
Regarding her three year on-again-off-again relationship with boyfriend Tristan Klier, Thorne advises girls to not stalk who their SO follows on Instagram. Thorne realized she started comparing herself to girls he followed and worried she didn't have a certain aspect he preferred. Recently, though, she realized that obsession was only leading to even more (probably unfounded) insecurities.
The Disney star said she and her friends only share compliments with each other, even if one of them is having a bad day. Seems like a pretty awesome rule to me.
And, naturally, she's not the only celeb that has either dealt with body-shaming or has something to say about the double standard in the industry. Though the pressure may be put on girls more often, dudes aren't totally immune to the shaming either. Here, even more celebrities who have faced that inequality.
When The Hangover star debuted a major weight loss at the New York Film Festival in October, fans tweeted they did not support his weight loss and feared he would no longer be funny. For instance, @ThatBoyDreezee tweeted, "First Jonah Hill, now Zack Galifianakis. I'm not sure how I feel about fat funny guys losing that much weight... I'm lying. I don't like it." Meanwhile, when Jennifer Hudson lost weight, people could not stop praising her.
In an interview with Barbara Walter, Lawrence stated that calling someone — anyone, male or female — fat on television should be illegal. And it was not her first time speaking out about the issue. In 2012, Lawrence recognized that she would be considered "obese" in Hollywood, but she refuses to lose weight for a movie.
Her toned legs apparently make her look like a sumo-wrestler, but...
The Unbroken's star's legs are deemed too thin. Meanwhile...
ESPN received backlash for putting Texas Rangers player Prince Fielder on the cover of their Body Issue because he wasn't "fit."
There is no winning. Stars are going to be either too skinny, too big, too fit or too beautiful to appease every human's taste. Body-shaming hits home to almost everyone, whether for fat-shaming or skinny-shaming. Trying to get that perfect body for others to comment on is never going to be enough. Take notes from Beyonce.
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