Hollywood's not always an easy place to be, especially as a woman.
Caitlin Stasey — who is known for her role on CW's Reign — opened up and stripped it down in a new installment of StyleLikeU's What's Underneath series released on Monday. As she shares her story, the actress removes articles of clothing to show that style isn't about clothes.
The 25-year-old beauty opens the video by sharing her personal experience of degradation as a female in the entertainment industry:
"In this town, you constantly have to undermine yourself to appease other people. This idea of being low maintenance, chill, and ‘cool with anything' — we've instilled that in young woman just to make lives easier for the men that want to treat them horribly."
In fact, the Australian native claims to have been harassed by an unnamed agent who relentlessly would call her cell phone:
"Very recently this agent at another agency that I used to be represented by somehow got my phone number and started texting me under the guise of having me work with one of his clients — which, if it would have been genuine, it would have come through my manager. He's done it to several other women, and there is nothing we can do about it because this man is like the gatekeeper to these particular artists that we would love to work with."
Aside from the pressure she feels from other people, Stasey reveals her own personal struggle with body image — which used to be so extreme she would refuse to be seen in a bathing suit:
"Up until this year, I would go in the ocean fully clothed because I was like, 'I'm not buying a bikini, I'm not doing that to myself.' I had this really long singlet that I wore for ages that I just pretended was a fashion choice. I was like 'Yeah, I love it, it's so breezy' but it was actually because I didn't want anyone to see my body."
We admire her participation in this project that required her to remove all of her clothes for the world to see. While she still is on the journey to self-acceptance, the comparison to other women in El Lay weighs on her:
"I don't feel like I have dysmorphia of any kind, I know my body, and not in a way that feels judgmental, but I know I don't look like Sports Illustrated. Like I don't have a Sports Illustrated figure. It's not too far off but it's not that. That margin of difference is quite significant here [in LA.]"
She adds, half-jokingly:
"In any other city I think I would be a 10."
Watch the entire confession (below)!
Wow. What an inspirational story.
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