Emma Stone Sounds Off On Haters and Talks Weight Struggle in Seventeen

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Emma Stone opens up to Seventeen about haters, girl power and body image in a new interview.

Of criticism, the actress says, “Sometimes it’s really easy to shrug it off and other times, things have pinched more. I think most of us are like that, right? Someone lobs a snide remark your way, and sometimes you can laugh about it, while other times you can actually feel the sting.”

“I’m actively working hard on learning to appreciate yourself no matter what,” explains Stone. “If what someone else says can easily derail you, it means your sense of self isn’t that firmly established in the first place. It’s an inside job. You’re beautiful and worthy and totally unique.”

She adds, “People insult each other based on their own insecurities — even though it may feel personal, it really never is. Really. Seriously.”

What does the Amazing Spider-Man 2 star say about body confidence?

“It can be really challenging in today’s world for anyone — especially girls and women — to feel good about their bodies,” says Stone. “No matter how things look from the outside, we can all be super critical of ourselves and of our image in the mirror.”

She goes on to remark to Seventeen, “I’ve seen articles or comments that have addressed my weight, or ‘caving to pressure to be thin.’ Keeping weight on is a struggle for me — especially when I’m under stress, and especially as I’ve gotten older. That’s the way my genes have decided to go, and things will change as time goes on, as does everything.”

“So when completely untrue statements are made about me or my health, of course a part of me wants to defend,” says Stone. “Thing is, people have a right to imagine what they want to imagine. My job at those moments is to tell myself the truth. Am I taking care of myself in a healthy way? Am I respecting myself and being responsible? And over and over, I answer yes to that question.”

The actress adds, “Then I remind myself to be kind to myself, and as slightly ridiculous as it may sound, to treat myself in the same gentle way I’d want to treat a daughter of mine. It really helps.”

That kindness also describes how Stone wants everyone to behave.

“My great hope for us as young women is to start being kinder to ourselves so that we can be kinder to each other. To stop shaming ourselves and other people for things we don’t know the full story on—whether someone is too fat, too skinny, too short, too tall, too loud, too quiet, too anything,” she explains.

The star tells the outlet, “There’s a sense that we’re all ‘too’ something, and we’re all not enough. This is life. Our bodies change. Our minds change. Our hearts change. Things are always evolving. I hope we can be supportive of each other and try to really have each other’s backs, especially when we don’t know the whole story.”

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