'Star Wars' Star Daisy Ridley Strikes Back at Critic Calling Her 'Too Thin'

Because apparently women can never look "just right," some Judgey McJudgerson decided to criticize the way Daisy Ridley looks -- for being too thin. Don't worry, though; this fierce lady took the body-shamer to task, and she deserves a round of applause for pointing out the absurdity of obsessing over what women look like.

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Someone on Instagram posted a meme in which a photo of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress, in character as Rey, is accompanied by a caption that reads, "I can't believe the unrealistic expectations I'm setting for young girls. Who cast me anyway? Don't they know real women haves curves?"

Because of course women not genetically gifted with curves are less woman than those who are. [Insert eye roll here.]

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Anyway, Ridely decided to repost the screenshot and take the user to task. She wrote, "Real women are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave, have families, don't have families. I'm a 'real woman' like every other woman in this world."

Since she's a classy lady, she deleted it when she realized that some of her followers were going after that online critic, but she shared her feelings on the situation in a new post. She also asked that people just be kind to one another.

Ridley drew on Rey's strength, and reminded us why we love her character:

People who relate to something in Rey they haven't found in a female character before. People [whose] daughters now think they can do things without the aid of a man, but who wouldn't be ashamed to ask for help.

Isn't that a thousand times more important than achieving some arbitrary level of thin or curvy? She also said that she relates to Rey, being a "normal girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances," and that she's just trying to be the "best version" of herself.

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I love this girl for focusing on what it really means to be a woman -- and it isn't based on how big our boobs are, or how skinny our jeans are. It's much more important to celebrate each other, learn to love yourself for who you are, work hard, and especially be kind.

Daisy concluded her message with, "Kindness isn't going to cure the world of all its awfulness but it's a good place to begin."

I couldn't agree more.

 

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