Rumer Willis Pens Inspiring Message To Women About Body Shaming
Rumer Willis won "Dancing With The Stars" this past season, but she hasn't always been the confident, graceful person we know today.
Rumer struggled mightily with body image issues as well as issues revolving around the divorce of her parents, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.
Now, Rumer has opened up about her struggles in an essay she wrote for Glamour.
She spoke about being bullied by classmates and the paparazzi. But, ultimately, she spoke about self-love and acceptance.
I was constantly bullied because of my looks, so I struggled a lot with my body image. I wanted to have no butt; I wanted to have no boobs. For a long time I just wanted to look tiny and androgynous.
However, in spite of all the bullying, Rumer found a way to look at the positives in her life.
After the show started, I had to block almost 10 people every day on social media because they wouldn't leave me alone. But when it happens now, I remind myself that focusing on people's negative opinions will only make me feel like crap. If I start to get discouraged, I take a step back and go, All right, I don't feel great today, but what can I do to shift how I'm thinking? It's difficult, but the moment you stop saying, 'I'm really fat,' or 'I'm ugly,' and just say, 'Wow, I have this,' then you'll see a change.
Rumer finished the piece with an uplifting message for women everywhere.
We all need to stop bullying ourselves and being cruel to other women. Attacking one another instead of supporting one another has become the norm. Life's hard enough as it is. Let's find strength in the fact that we're different and unique. Let's allow ourselves to say, 'These are my flaws, but I'm still beautiful.' Let's find our own value, know what we have to offer -- and know that that is enough.