Especially on social media...
If the past few months are anything to go by, it’s clear that women in Hollywood are under a significant amount of pressure, whether it’s dealing with harassment at work, fighting to be heard or trying to live up to unrealistic beauty standards.
No one knows this more than Brittany Snow, with the Hollywood actress growing up in the spotlight, and admitting to being on diets since the age of twelve.
‘I always had in my mind that being skinny was better, even as a little girl – but I was never chubby or overweight,’ she explained in a previous interview with People.
‘I used to be frustrated by my body type as a kid. I had muscles without trying and failed when I attempted to lose weight.’
‘I’m an actress,’ she stated. ‘And because of the way Hollywood is, I do have to watch what I eat.’
In a recent interview with Shape magazine however, the actress seems to have developed a new approach to body confidence, accepting the body she’s born with – and it’s something we can all learn from.
‘When I turned 30, I looked at my life and realized that I’d always been on a diet and working out to be the size of a model,’ the Pitch Perfect 3 actress explained. ‘I thought, I’m 5’3″, and I inherited my mum’s beautiful muscular body — it’s just not going to happen.’
She continued: ‘I began eating well to take care of myself – I’m almost 100 percent vegan, and I’m off dairy and gluten, I realized that my health and happiness were way more important than being at the gym all the time.’
Another solution? Limiting your daily dose of social media, according to Brittany.
‘I think that as a society we’re always looking to social media to compare ourselves with how other people look and eat,’ she explained. ‘I put Instagram and Twitter in a separate category in my phone, so I don’t check them all the time and am not constantly aware of what other people are doing. I think people use social media to compare themselves with others too much, and it has really negative effects on the psyche.’
Talking of her body, Brittany explained, ‘It’s strong not only physically, but also emotionally. Now I’ve come to appreciate the fact that I’m an athlete.’