As a 17-year-old girl living in the 21st Century, Bella Thorne is well acquainted with the digital realm. But as an actress in the spotlight, Thorne is also no stranger to the Internet’s dark side. The former Disney star recently opened up to Cosmopolitan about how to deal with her online haters and what she thinks about the pressure to be perfect.
Thorne might be young, but that doesn’t mean she’s blind to how “messed up” it is that girls have to “look and act” perfect all the time while guys don’t. She wants to know how guys “can have acne scars and be overweight or rude,” but a girl who is “the least bit sarcastic” or who “speaks out about something” is a labeled “a bitch.”
Having grown up in the social media era, she’s also experienced the intense scrutiny that comes from getting picked apart online.
“If a girl wears a bathing suit, she is a ho and is body-shamed. If you don’t show your body, you’re a prude. You take pictures with a guy and you’re a ho; you take pictures with a girlfriend and you’re a lesbian. I don’t understand how girls can sit there and pick one another apart.”
Thankfully, Thorne has surrounded herself with people who support her. She says that they “always pick out the good things.”
Cosmo also asked the actress about her relationship with boyfriend Tristan Klier. Thorne offered up this gem of advice:
“Do not stalk who [guys are] following on Instagram, thinking, ‘She has this. Maybe he likes that?’ That’ll just kill you. Take it from a girl who never had boobs. Every woman in my family has huge boobs. And the girls in Tristan’s school—I don’t know what’s in their food, but all their boobs are legit huge. I was always flat-chested, and that really gave me a complex growing up. Once I stopped stressing about them, they grew.”
Want to catch Thorne’s next Hollywood triumph? She’s starring in “The Duff,” which will be released this February.