As summer approaches and the pressure rises to achieve that “beach body,” Lili Reinhart is reminding us all that our bodies are beautifully summer-ready just the way they are!
The Riverdale star took to social media to pen an inspiring message about self love and body positivity. On her Twitter and Instagram Story, the actress wrote:
“Remind to myself, and to all — you don’t need a flat or perfectly toned stomach to wear a crop top. These “summer body” trends are toxic.
Your body is ready for summer no matter what it looks like. Don’t let it stop you from enjoying anything.”
Lili has always championed body positivity, and has been very vocal in the past about calling out unrealistic beauty standards. Back in January, she revealed in her Instagram Story that she struggled with “severe” obsessive thoughts about her weight and body:
“It’s challenging to look at your body with love instead of criticism.
It’s a practice I’m still learning. I didn’t think being in this industry, that is so obsessed with women’s bodies and weights, could ever mess with my own body acceptance and positivity… but has.”
She likewise shared a poem titled “a love note to my body” by Cleo Wade, wherein Cleo thanks her body for its heart, gut feelings, and ability to recover and “for today, for waking up.” Lili wrote:
“I know my body deserves equal love and admiration at any size. To not feel at home in my own skin is a devastating feeling. As if my body has betrayed me by changing.
I know I’m not alone in this toxic way of thinking about my body. And it’s heartbreaking that this feeling is understood by so many of us.
Let’s continue to talk about it. Normalize it. Empathize with others. Show compassion and kindness.”