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Shannon Purser says she’s been at “war” with her body since age 11 – but she’s making improvements.
The actress, who played Barb on Stranger Things and is in the new show Rise, called out the body shamers on social media who are only making her self-esteem issues worse.
Purser, 20, tweeted honestly about her insecurities on Tuesday.
“Please do not ever make comments about my weight or tell me that I look good or bad because of it. I look good now. I am happy. I don’t need you to approve my body. Thanks,” she wrote. Purser added later that she’s been at “war” with her self-image since her middle school years.
“My war with my body started at age 11 and soon all I wanted was to be thin. I’ve struggled with that insecurity almost every day since,” she said. “I still have bad days, but I’m much better now. I hope one day we’ll learn to be kind to our bodies and teach our kids to do the same
She also offered to talk with her followers about confidence and self-esteem – but warned them against criticism.
“That being said, if you ever wanna have a discussion about body positivity – I’m all ears! I just prefer not to hear comments about my body, even if they’re well-intentioned,” she said.