Shannon Purser: ‘I don’t need you to approve my body’

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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.

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7 thoughts on “Shannon Purser: ‘I don’t need you to approve my body’”

    • Haha! I agree. She’s weird, says “don’t say I look bad OR good!”, then proceeds and says “I look good now”. Don’t talk about your body if it’s a topic you want to avoid. Talk about your work (what does she do anyway?). There are numerous celebrities who have avoided ever uttering a word about their weight, surgeries or lack thereof, etc. She has a bad publicist lol.

  1. Oh the freckles are so cute! I never noticed how pretty she is on Stranger Things. But it’s pointless to tell people not to talk about your weight. They always will, and now that she said this those who don’t like her or are just plain mean will do it even more. She can always try not to read the comments or stay away from social media if she can’t handle it. But if she truly was confident in herself now she wouldn’t need to make such a request.

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