Rumer Willis Reveals How She Dealt With Vicious Body-Shaming As A Teen
Rumer Willis is revealing how she dealt with being viciously body-shamed as a teen.
After spending most of her childhood at her family’s home in Idaho, Willis moved with her two sisters, Scout, and Tallulah to Hollywood. She was 15-years-old at the time.
It is difficult being a teenager. For Willis, though two things heightened her teenage experience. One was having Demi Moore and Bruce Willis as parents. Not because of them as people but rather their superstar Hollywood status.
The second is that Willis was a teen during a time when celebrity blogging was on the rise. She found herself under attack for those two reasons.
“They said I had a huge jaw. They said I had a ′potato head. When you’re 14 or 15, I didn’t really understand having value in myself yet. My mind went to, ‘Okay, so if I get skinny or if I dress the right way or present myself very hyper-sexually and dress this way, then I’ll be valued,’ the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood actress shared with HuffPost.
The oldest child of Demi and Bruce’s three girls struggled with her looks during those awkward years, just like any teen girl. However, as blogs compared her to her famous and gorgeous mom, the body-shaming was ugly for Willis.
Thanks to all the haters, Willis started to believe her self-wroth was determined by whether or not a man desired her. She could have easily been swallowed up by the self-loathing and delusional appeal of her worth. Instead, Willis turned to Moore for advice.
“I definitely talked to my mom, and her thing was always, you can’t read the comments. You could post the most beautiful picture about how you’ve gone, and you’re helping kids, or you’re giving your time, and someone will still find a way to rag on you,” Willis said of her mom’s wisdom for her.
Rumer Willis knows first-hand what it is like to be viciously body shamed. Now that she is 30-years-old, the actress is opening up about her story. She wants to lead by example in hopes of helping other young ladies who are struggling with body image.
“I think the most important thing for me is doing my best to lead by example. I still deal with insecurity and trying to figure out my own path in all of it,” Willis revealed.
The actress also made it clear to HuffPost she does not approve of photoshopping. Willis has taken a stand on Instagram several times against photos of herself that have been altered.
“I love the way I look, and I won’t support anyone who would feel a need to change the way I look to make me beautiful. Whether or not they realize it, it is a form of bullying, which I won’t stand for.”