Riverdale is a one-of-a-kind TV show gearing up for season three and by this point, we know its lead actresses are one-of-a-kind, as well. The women who star on The CW’s hit show - including Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, Vanessa Morgan, and Ashleigh Murray - constantly make headlines for the way that they talk so candidly about important issues facing women today. This includes conversations about eating disorders, acne, sex, racism, representation and more and it seems like the inspiring quotes just keep coming!
No hate on the guys - KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse give us nuggets of wisdom in their interviews that we wholly appreciate. But there's just something about these gals that is inspiring AF. We just can't wait to hear what they say next...
After revealing that she was in recovery for an unspecified eating disorder, Camila wrote, “Having that constant reminder to love my body (especially on Instagram where my feed is full of perfect pictures and 'perfect bodies,' and especially being in front of a camera every day playing Veronica, who adores her tight mini skirts) is just enough to clear my head of all the negative voices that creep in every once in a while.”
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When asked by Cosmopolitan what the biggest misconception she had about sex is, Lili replied, "The idea that sex is going to be the same with everyone — that’s a misconception. That’s how I felt when I lost my virginity — I was like, 'So this is sex!' And then you have sex with someone else, and you’re like, 'Holy sh*t — this is so different.' What you want, what feels good to you — it’s all going to change with every partner you have.”
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"Pro tip: we're not all the same ✌️ #webeautifultho," she wrote, attaching photos showing how often this is a problem for her. Using their platform to talk about serious societal problems... that's what we love about these women.
After mentioning that the most common Latina archetype on TV was "fierce, sexy, strong, confident," she told Teen Vogue, "I think that’s definitely a good type of personality to portray and it’s empowering — but Latinas can be the goofy, nerdy, quirky, vulnerable women that I think is usually associated with white girls."
In a sit-down with PopSugar, Vanessa said, "I would love if people saw Toni and saw that you could love any gender, you know, and just fall in love with a person’s soul and their personality.” She continued, "I think it’s ridiculous that people think of it as being promiscuous.” Biphobia is so real but with more characters like Toni Topaz, hopefully, we can break down that stigma!
She continued, "I will never understand how someone can be so cowardly as to hide behind their phone and tell a stranger that their feelings are irrelevant and considered ‘whining,' just because they think you represent some ideal figure or shape... As if my body dysmorphia is irrelevant because of how I look to some people. I’m either not curvy enough or not skinny enough to feel insecure." YAAAS.
Of course, this was tough on Lili's body image, but instead of closing herself off, she talked about how damaging these rumors things can be. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she said, "It's kind of sad that people felt the need to just make my weight a topic of conversation, but it's just the world we live in."
Elsewhere in the interview, she said, "I'm 21 — I'm not pregnant. I don’t want people to think I'm pregnant if I'm not pregnant. I did take a hit to my self-esteem for a second and then I kind of picked myself back up and said, ‘I'm not going to let this ruin my day!'” That's kind of amazing, considering most of us would probably barricade ourselves in our rooms for days if that kind of gossip started circulating about us. But that's just part of what makes Lili Reinhart the inspiring QUEEN she is!
She teamed up with a group called Represent that works to end girl-on-girl bullying and spoke out about a personal experience with the issue. "My friend and I were in eighth grade or ninth grade. These two girls who were a few years above us put out this video on Facebook, and they were just like, 'Who are freshman sluts? Cami and Kylie.' They just kind of made this video talking about how much we were sluts," she told Teen Vogue. " Either way, at the end of the day, my sexuality, my friend's sexuality, was none of their business, and not theirs to judge." Tell 'em, girl!
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Posting side-by-sides of the original image and the published one, she wrote on her Instagram Story, "Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to feel confident and comfortable in the bodies that we have. It's an everyday battle, sometimes. And to see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome.” She then continued, "Our battle has only just begun. We are f*cking powerful, beautiful, and strong… we aren't going to hide behind photoshop to conform to beauty standards. That's why I'm calling out Cosmopolitan Philippines. It's sad that you felt our bodies needed to be slimmed down. But Camila and I are f*cking beautiful. As is. And you can't ‘fix' us.”
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Riverdale superfans are aware that Madelaine's character, Cheryl Blossom is the bully you love to hate on the show. "After playing Cheryl, I realized the bullying doesn’t come from anything, but insecurities in oneself. The people who are bullying you, they’re insecure about who they are and that’s why they’re bullying you," she said. “They desperately want to be loved and be accepted, and they go out of their way to make people feel unaccepted so that they’re not alone.”
Madelaine echoed her statements, saying, “...I had body dysmorphia, too. I looked in the mirror and thought that I was gross. I ‘ve learned not to let anyone affect my thoughts of myself." If you need proof that body image is one of the biggest problems young women are facing today, you need not look any further than the Riverdale cast.
She then took it a step further, saying, "The other thing is, I'm not playing a stereotype... [Josie]'s gritty and she's willing to dig deep and do whatever it takes to succeed. That's something that also rings true for black women. We have ... It's almost like it's in our DNA to survive. We're caretakers, we're strong, fierce mothers. We rear people like nobody's business, and we succeed. So I think that's going to ring true especially to people like my niece. I want to be able to give a positive image for people to look up to." We couldn't agree more!
She wrapped it up with a message all the acne-sufferers need to hear: "I’m hoping that someday I can feel beautiful even if I’m having a breakout. And that I won’t feel obsessive or paranoid. I feel the need to talk about my struggle with acne. Because maybe if I normalize my broken-out skin, more people… Including myself… will be able to feel okay about their skin. My breakouts don’t define me.”
While speaking to Ocean Drive magazine, she revealed, "I have anxiety... I struggled with it so much and for so long. And I know so many other young people have, and I didn’t have someone who was talking about it. I remember being in middle and high school and hearing Demi Lovato speak up about her mental illness and that was comforting. But I wanted more people to stand up. I needed more people to relate to. I was like, all these people can’t be so happy, can they? It was kind of like this unrealistic picture that was painted in front of me of all these happy, happy people, successful people, beautiful people. And even now I’m on this wonderful show. I have money in my bank account. I have my own apartment. I have friends. I still go through and experience depression. You don’t have to be ashamed of it. You don’t need to ever justify the way you feel."
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