Beth Stebner
Updated Jul 15, 2016 @ 2:43 pm
Sasha Pieterse pretty little liars
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In case you haven’t noticed, it’s really hard working Hollywood these days. Not only are you dealing with long hours and tough competition, but there’s still an overwhelming pressure to look a certain way. And if you’re a woman in Hollywood, it’s worse—everyone seems to feel the need to comment on your body.

That’s what Pretty Little Liars star Sasha Pieterse has been through after a hormone imbalance caused her weight to fluctuate, causing critics immediately called her out on social media. She took to Twitter this week to talk about her own experiences, saying that loving yourself is one of the hardest things to do in the face of so much shaming and hate.

“We live in a society that literally profits from our self doubt and insecurities. Woman (sic) in particular are judged by their looks wether (sic) they are in the spotlight or not. We’ve subconsciously been shaped by the notion that we can only base our self worth on how people positively or negatively decide to see us.”

Sasha says that people were somehow angry with her for gaining weight. “I was (and still am) called names [and] made fun of. It wasn’t until people started asking and assuming I was pregnant that I decided to say something.”

It seems crazy to think that anyone should feel that they have the right to comment on something as personal as someone else’s size or shape, but sadly, social media makes it that much easier for hurtful comments to get circulated.

But throughout her ordeal, Sasha’s message is one of love and light—which we think is totally inspiring. “Do not lower yourself to people who refuse to grow higher,” Sasha wrote. “If you don’t love yourself, you’ll continue to chase people who don’t love you either.”

Her message is clear: we’re all in this together, so let’s be kind to one another and not treat each other—or our bodies—badly. “Eat like you love yourself. Move like you love yourself. Speak like you love yourself. Act like you love yourself,” Sasha continued.

Well said, Sasha. It’s thanks to brave ladies like you that we’re making so many strides in the world of body positivity. Read her full statement here: