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'Riverdale' star opens up about suffering from Body Dysmorphia

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Riverdale -- "Chapter Twenty-One: House of the Devil" -- Image Number RVD208a_0244.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- �© 2017 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

Lili Reinhart has had a whirl-wind last few years: starring on a hit show, a public dating life, invitations to exclusive high-profile events, and being featured in top magazines. With all of that also comes one thing that is the downfall of it all: social media trolls.

This week, Harper's Bazaar released a video of Reinhart channeling the iconic women of Hollywood's golden age during a photo shoot. In the video she says, "Marilyn Monroe was a curvy girl: she had boobs and she didn’t have a 24-inch waist. To me that’s really inspiring and makes me feel like my body can be accepted."

Cue the internet trolls.

After the video dropped and was posted to her Twitter, Reinhart started to read comments from users that lead her to send a message about body shaming, mental health and her battle with Body Dysmorphia.

It first started with her responding to a now deleted tweet:

She continued...


According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Body Dysmorphic Disorder is defined as a body-image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one's appearance.

It says, "people who have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) think about their real or perceived flaws for hours each day. They can't control their negative thoughts and don't believe people who tell them that they look fine. Their thoughts may cause severe emotional distress and interfere with their daily functioning. They may miss work or school, avoid social situations and isolate themselves, even from family and friends, because they fear others will notice their flaws."

1 in 50 people suffer from BDD.

In the article with Harper's Bazaar, before negative comments that prompted her to send a message, she does talk about how she started having body image issues when she was 16. She then goes on about her candidness on social media addressing her battle with anxiety and depression.

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