After facing criticism on Instagram for her slim size, Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley made a fiery, well-thought out retort that everybody who thinks it’s okay to shame women for their body type should read.
First, Ridley replied to an image macro of her Star Wars character with a speech bubble that read “I can’t believe the unrealistic expectations I’m setting for young girls. Who cast me anyway? Don’t they know real women have curves?”
“‘Real women’ are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave,” Ridley replied. “I am a ‘real woman’ like every other woman in this world.”
Spot on. The “real women have curves” nonsense is simply skinny-shaming in disguise. The truth is that no woman deserves to be shamed for body type, whether it’s slim, curvy, or anything in-between.
Since the post she replied to was eventually deleted, Ridley wrote out a detailed response and posted it to her Instagram account.
“What’s weird is most of the time I see such gorgeous messages from people around the world,” she wrote.
“People who relate to something in Rey they haven’t found in a female character before… people who loved that The Force Awakens has multiple incredible female characters.
“It is much more hurtful to continue to slate other women than BE a woman, BE a character, BE whoever you want to be.
“I’m a normal girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, just like Rey.
“I will not apologise for how I look, what I say and how I live my life because what’s happening inside is much more important anyway and I am striving to be the best version of myself, even if I stumble along the way.”
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