Earlier this week on International Women’s Day, Riverdale stars Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart took to Instagram to slam the Philippine version of Cosmopolitan for altering their bodies on the cover of their March issue.
The pair were originally photographed for an interview in the U.S version of the magazine but the pictures were reused for the cover of the Philippines edition.
On Thursday, Reinhart published a series of Instagram Stories comparing the photos used on each cover and how they changed the photos.
Mendes also published on her story and directed fans to Reinhart’s profile.
This is not a new experience for Reinhart who has taken down body shamers in May last year:
Thank you so much for being concerned about my weight, I'll respond later after I finish my double cheeseburger 😘 https://t.co/5FVhso3VOl
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) May 3, 2017
Mendes has also been open about body image, talking about her past struggles with eating disorders:
When did being thin become more important than being healthy? I recently went to a naturopath for the first time in my life. I told her about my anxiety around food and my obsession with dieting. She phrased a pivotal question in such a way that struck a chord with me: what other things could you be thinking about if you didn't spend all your time thinking about your diet? I suddenly remembered all the activities I love that used to occupy my time. At some point in my life, I allowed my obsession with being thin to consume me, and I refused to make room in my mind for any other concerns. Somehow I had stripped myself of all the pastimes that brought me joy, and all that was left of me was my anxiety around food. My passion for education, cinema, music, etc. — all the interests that used to occupy my mind — had been eaten away by my desire to be thin, and it made me miserable. I'm done believing in the idea that there's a thinner, happier version of me on the other side of all the tireless effort. Your body type is subject to genetics, and while eating nutrient-dense foods and exercising regularly will make you healthier, it will not necessarily make you thinner, and the current system fails to make that distinction. I’m sick of the toxic narrative that the media consistently feeds us: that being thin is the ideal body type. A healthy body is the ideal body type, and that will look different for every person. I’m #donewithdieting – join me in this movement and share your story!
Reinhart wrote, “Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to feel confident and comfortable in the bodies that we have. So we cannot stop fighting. Our battle has only just begun. We are f**ing powerful, beautiful and strong… we aren’t going to hide behind photoshop to conform to beauty standards.
She shared that is why she decided to call out Cosmopolitan Philippines, remarking the fact that she thought it was “sad” that they felt the need to “slim our bodies down” because she and Camila are “beautiful as is” and don’t need to be fixed.
Reinhart took the opportunity to spread a positive message saying that “like every other day, women should go kick some ass” since they’re “strong and sensational”.
She also thanked the U.S edition of the magazine for not altering their bodies in their magazine.
Lastly, called out other celebrities for using Photoshop since that “it’s only encouraging an unrealistic body image and it’s adding to the problem. It’s an everyday battle, sometimes. And to see our bodies become so distorted in the editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome.”
Cover Image Courtesy of Cosmopolitan