Riverdale star Lili Reinhart has been incredibly candid about topics related to mental health and body image, whether in posting unedited photos of herself, getting real about her acne on Instagram, or in outwardly voicing her opinions about the toxicity of unattainable beauty standards perpetuated on social media.
In her 2018 Glamour Women of the Year speech, Reinhart opened up about her self-inflicted pressures to live up to a certain standard, which were only exasperated by an even less healthy, less realistic set of standards imposed on her by the media. "I didn't think anything was wrong with my body until I was in an industry that rewards and praises people for having a smaller waist than I will ever have," Reinhart said. "It felt unfair to think that I would never have an industry-perfect body, just because I wasn't genetically built a certain way."
Where virtually any physical part of someone can now be faked, fixed, or removed, Reinhart preaches that one's priceless individuality, rather than excessive alteration, should be emphasized in beauty — and she strives to help change this narrative. "Remind yourself that this perfect world you see online or in magazines . . . in movies and television . . . are presented to you through many different filters," she said. "Do not set impossible goals of meeting those fake standards. It's unrealistic to think that your body or my body will ever look like anyone else's. That's not the way it's supposed to be. We are all imperfectly beautiful."