You can always count on Lili Reinhart to get real about personal topics, from body image to mental health. On stage at the 2018 Glamour Women of the Year Summit on Sunday, November 11, the Riverdale star opened up even more in a powerful speech.
Reinhart kicked off her remarks by discussing a recent struggle: Constantly seeing herself on social media and in paparazzi photos. “I became hyper-aware of my changing body,” she said. “I could see the difference in my shape in photos and wondered if anyone else was noticing. I felt this strange, constant struggle of having to live up to the expectation of the appearance that I had already established to the world.”
Those expectations were a looming—and unfair—stressor, coming from all angles. Media, she said, is often responsible for enforcing unrealistic ideals for young women like her. But, she added, it’s up to young women to start altering the narrative.
The 22-year-old said she wants the conversation around women’s bodies to change—not just for herself, but for generations to come. “I think about when I have kids in the future,” Reinhart said. “Will my daughter be self-conscious about gaining weight? Will she feel the need to explain her body or justify it to anyone as it changes? Will she feel that same need that I do now—to apologize to her peers and say ‘My body doesn’t usually look like this,’ or ‘I’m just a little heavier than usual right now?’ How utterly ridiculous is it that we even think about explaining the nature of our bodies to other people?”
Reinhart ended her speech asking the women in the audience to follow her lead: forget unrealistic standards and celebrate one another’s individual beauty. “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.”
The Riverdale star has always been honest about her struggles with body image and mental health on her personal social media accounts. In the October issue of Glamour, she opened up about experiencing body dysmorphia relating to her acne. “I have a specific type of body dysmorphia that stems from acne. I see any acne on my face as an obsessive thing. [It’s] the only thing I can think about, and it makes me want to hide,” she said.
Like she reiterated in her speech, Reinhart’s not going to apologize for being exactly who she is anytime soon. “Sometimes I feel like I look like shit. Sometimes I don’t want to talk to anyone. And I’m allowed to have those days,” she told Glamour. “I’m not going to apologize for that.”
Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse’s intimate photo shoots were dominating our Instagram feeds long before they publicly confirmed they were a couple (like this one, that shows the real-life Betty Cooper lounging in a field of daisies), and Lili recently opened up about what it’s been like to be part of her boyfriend’s art.
Their work together, it seems, is deeply collaborative. “I think he is such an incredible photographer, really. Sometimes he’s inspired by a location, and he’s like, ‘I want to shoot you here,'” she told Who What Wear in a new interview. “Other times, I’m inspired by a dress, and I’m like, ‘I want you to shoot me in this.’ Our photo shoots are very intimate, just him and me; no one else is there ever.”
The couple seems to work well together, both on and off set. “She’s one of those people that consistently pushes me to be better at the arts that I’m pursuing,” he said. “That’s just the kind of person she is. She inspires excellence out of everybody she works with,” Cole told Glamour of his partner. For her part, Lili sang her praises for Cole as an artist. “Cole is one of the smartest, the smartest person that I’m friends with. He’s incredibly passionate about art, about photography, about acting, and I really admire that,” she said.
In the past, Cole has said that if he wasn’t acting, he’d be working as a full-time photographer. “I think with the way that we digest information nowadays, photography has become a perfect avenue to give the audience an understanding of yourself that goes a little deeper than a 10-minute interview about a show you’re doing or something of the sort. It just made sense to me,” he told Teen Vogue last year.
His work featuring Lili has included a photo shoot in a field of daisies, a series of black-and-white portraits from “paradise,” and an artistic topless photo that he shared in honor of her birthday. We’re willing to bet there are plenty of other shots that also haven’t made it onto social media…yet.
The couple, who met on the set of Riverdale and play on-screen love interests, has been historically private about their off-screen relationship. “I think it’s just that I’m so protective over it. It’s not something the world needs to know about, because if you give them anything, they are just going to want more,” she said. “I’m not going to hide away from my relationship or hide away from what’s going on in my life, but what does happen in my relationship is so private, and I cherish it a lot. He does as well. A relationship is a very intimate thing, and I want it to be between me and him, not me, him, and the world.”
And, hopefully, our Instagram feeds every once and a while.
Source – Teen Vogue
Like most of us, Lili Reinhart spent her teenage years at the mall. Her favorite store to hit? H&M. A few years and a role on the hit show Riverdale later, she’s now the face of the retailer’s latest Studio Collection.
“I would go there all the time, like every weekend with my friends,” the Cleveland native tells PEOPLE of her new gig over the phone while on a break from shooting Riverdale. (“I’m looking at myself in the mirror now wearing my Betty costume,” she noted.)
“It was really the first place where I really started to build my wardrobe as a young adult making decisions of my own for the first time,” she says. “I would always buy my winter sweaters from H&M, they have the best sweaters. And denim as well. I got everything from there. My first push-up bra, I got at H&M.”
So it’s a little surreal that she’s now modeling for one of her favorite stores. “I’m super stoked about it,” says the 21-year-old.
It’s not the first time she’s worked with them, though. What started as a party invite to Coachella 2017 has evolved into being their guest at the Met Gala in May of this year. And what a memorable moment it was: She wore a dazzling silver mini with a billowing train by the brand to make her official red carpet couple debut with beau Cole Sprouse. (No, unfortunately, she didn’t get to keep her dress.)
But modeling takes her love of the fast fashion retailer to the next level. In the campaign for the trend-focused, limited-edition collection— which dropped today on hm.com — she wears a range of dark denim, cozy sweaters, colorblock skirts and more, all of which reflect her easygoing style.
“My style has always been very casual,” Reinhart says. “On a day-to-day basis, I have a very casual sense of style and very comfortable. I’ve always been a denim girl. I really love jeans and it’s always been that way.”