Lili Reinhart is lowering her guard for the November issue of Glamour UK.
The Hustlers star opened up about more than a few heavy topics to the publication, including her “crippling anxiety,” going to therapy, depression, body image, and more.
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@lilireinhart opens up about her battles with body image issues in our exclusive cover interview. “I would love to see a world where people who are already thin don’t need to photoshop their waist even more, to make young girls, like me, when I was 14 or 16 years old go, ‘I thought I was skinny, but maybe I’m not. Maybe I need to have an eating disorder to make my body look like that.’ Life is not a FaceTune app.” Interview by @joshsmithhosts LINK IN BIO for the full interview 💫 📸 Photography by Beau Grealy @beaugrealy, Styling by @ariannephillips, Makeup by @jennakristina, Hair by @davestanwell, Editor in Chief @deborah_joseph, Creative Direction @dlye
The 23-year-old vulnerably shared her ongoing struggles with depression, saying:
“I’ve experienced depression and anxiety. Not constantly, but I’m still experiencing it. I have spells of time where I feel completely unmotivated, I don’t want to do anything and I question myself. I don’t know how to handle stress very well. I find that talking about it and sharing my experience with other people, and reminding myself that I’m not alone has been incredibly therapeutic.”
Luckily, Reinhart has been able to receive professional help over the years to handle her mental health issues:
“When I first started going to therapy, it was out of my incredible social anxiety. I was having trouble going to school every day. I was crying before school. I would fake being sick so my mom would let me stay home. When you hear the term ‘crippling anxiety’, that’s what I had when I was 14 years old.”
“Seeing the therapist allowed me to be understood. The goal for me has been to always leave therapy feeling a couple of inches taller. Feeling like I’ve alleviated myself of a problem by learning how to solve it. Not everything has a straight answer — it’s not just going to take one session — but I start to think, ‘I’ve grown, I’ve done this, I’ve figured this out, now I can go off into the world and try to put what I’ve learned into action.’ That’s how I look at therapy. I am not crazy, and I am not problematic. I am just a human who’s feeling something in a different way than some other people would.”
The Riverdale star also chimed in about the way bodies are poorly portrayed today in the media:
“Even today, I see myself in the mirror and think, this doesn’t look the way the world tells me it should. 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. 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.”
Specifically, the negative connotations around cellulite “really pisses” her off:
“It’s this weird thing where people think that it’s unnatural or a symbol of being fat. It’s so f**ked up because cellulite is just a part of the human body. It’s just genetic, it’s like having freckles on your face. It’s something that is there, you’re born with it, and it’s become this disgusting thing. We’re told: ‘We need to laser this away, no one wants to see that.’ There’s nothing more beautiful than when I see stretch marks, or cellulite, and people’s real skin.”
Much like with her journey to find acceptance with her body and mind, she’s been on quite a journey to get to where she is today! Lili looked back on the small-town life she led before making it big:
“I was from a small town in Ohio, from a middle-class family, I knew no one in the acting business. I didn’t have a baton passed down to me from an actor in my family. I did it on my own from sheer passion and knowing that this is what I was good at, and this is what I wanted to do. There truly is a lot of power in struggle and survival, and that’s what makes you a strong person.”
And as for advice she’d give her younger self, which feels applicable toward any number of situations, Cole Sprouse‘s GF shared:
“You’ve done good! But also, the struggle that you’re going through right now only makes your success so much more profound. There are people who have been given fame and fortune on a silver platter, but I don’t think there’s anything inspirational about those people.”
There you have it, Perezcious readers?? Feel like you can relate to these struggles?
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