Troian Bellisario has always been super honest about her struggle with eating disorders, most recently in a PSA for Hillary Clinton in which she opened up about her battle with anorexia. Now the Pretty Little Liars star is explaining why it was important to her that she got real about her fight with food.
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She recently told People Magazine at the new Disney Springs Orlando Origins shop: “I had spoken out to Seventeen magazine because they asked me, ‘What was your life like when you were 17?’ And I thought to myself, ‘Well, you could either lie or you could tell them the truth.”
And despite the fact that the actress portrays one of our favorite liars ever, she opted for the truth.
“It was really important for me to tell the truth because there are so many young women and men who watch Pretty Little Liars,” she said. “I didn’t want to exclude them from my story, which I think is a really positive story because I sought treatment, because I was supported by my friends and family, and I was able to get back to a healthy place.”
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A big part of why Troian wanted to share her story was to deflect from the many social media images of so-called “perfect” bodies that heavily — and negatively — influence many young women and men.
“My message would be — especially with social media — don’t believe what you see at all,” she said. “There are lots of apps you can get on your phone that can change the way your face looks and the way your body looks. We’re setting the bar at a very different place for what people think is a regular photo.”
Troian reminds us that social media is “sort of curated in a way that could create a false ideal for a woman’s body or a man’s body. I think it’s really dangerous territory.”
Her main message to her fans?
“Treat [the photos] as you would if you looked at a magazine stand. You don’t know which one of these has been Photoshopped, you don’t know which one of these has been altered. It’s important to look at them as beautiful images, but as not necessarily entirely accurate all the time.”
We like that Troian was so amazingly honest about her journey, and we love how she’s helping other young women and men embrace and accept who they really are — and not what’s popular on social media.
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