Now showing that anyone can suffer from body dysmorphia, the youngest biological daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis has opened up on camera to talk about her struggles with her body and what it was like to starve herself all the way down to 95 pounds.
Twenty-year-old Tallulah Willis participated in an interview with the fashion site StyleLikeU to promote body acceptance. She was asked a series of questions about how she felt about her body, what it was like growing up famous, and why she felt like it led to an eating disorder. Here's the catch -- with each question, she removed an article of clothing.
She opened up about how being in the tabloids from a young age contributed to an eating disorder as a teenager.
"I struggled a lot when I was younger. Like I'm diagnosed with body dysmorphia with reading those stupid f--king tabloids when I was like 13 and feeling like I was ugly, like always. I believed the strangers more than the people that loved me because why would the people who loved me be honest?"
"That made me start to dress really with showing off my boobs and butt, and showing off those things that I was getting attention for," she goes on. "I remember specifically one day putting on a button-up and ... having long pants on ... and feeling so beautiful. And that was a mindf--k for me, the fact that all the attention had to be on my face, and that was so scary for me, because I already wanted to distract people. And by the time I realized that wasn’t who I was anymore, it was like I was trapped in this body and I hated that I was sexy."
To deal with being "too sexy," she starved herself down to a skeletal 95 pounds.
"When I lost my curves and my boobs shriveled up into nothing, and I had no shape and I was just saggy skin everywhere, I was like, 'Hey, believe me now?'" she says. "But I viewed super-skinny me as smart, intelligent. I was able to have the physical transformation so everyone could see me differently."
It wasn't until about a year ago that she really began to accept herself -- face, body, and soul -- all by herself. It's easy to think that rich, beautiful, famous people have no reason for insecurities, but the truth is that anyone can be overly susceptible to other people's opinions of them.
It doesn't matter if you're short, tall, chubby, skinny, old, young, rich and famous, or poor as dirt -- when you don't feel comfortable in your own skin, it's a hard thing to get over.
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Tallulah shared her goal for sharing her story in such a public way: "If I can use any of the pain that I’ve gone through, and if ... when other girls read it they can be healed a little, even if it’s the smallest piece, by something I've written or the way I've written it, that’s very, very important to me."
We think that's pretty dang awesome.
Have you ever struggled with your own self-worth?
Image via Tallulah Willis/Instagram
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