Lili Reinhart has started going to the gym because she wants to “feel strong”.
In the past, the Riverdale actress has been open about her battle with body dysmorphia, a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance, and noted that going to the gym has helped her overcome her body insecurities.
However, in an interview with Glamour U.K. magazine, Lili made it clear she does workouts to get stronger rather than lose weight.
“I’ve started to go to the gym out of the want to feel strong. I’m not going into the gym thinking, ‘I want to be skinny, or I need to lose 10 pounds, or I need to not have cellulite, or my arms need to be thinner.’ There’s so much power in feeling strong and physically healthy. It’s bada*s to be strong,” she shared.
In the interview, Lili also took aim at society for creating impossible beauty standards and making her and other young people believe they don’t look good enough.
"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," the 23-year-old admitted. "This is my body and we're told that it should fit certain proportions.”
She went on to praise British model Charli Howard, a body positivity champion, for making her feel like there is nothing wrong with her body, adding, "Charli's messaging talks to me on social media. She makes me feel like my body doesn't need to fit these impossible standards, and she's a model, my body will never look like that.”
Howard responded to the praise on her Instagram Stories, thanking Reinhart for “keeping it real and for the kind words”.
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