This weekend, Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart was enjoying a break from filming while visiting fellow co-star and boyfriend Cole Sprouse in New Orleans where he's filming a new upcoming project. What should have been an enjoyable long weekend exploring NOLA took a sour turn last evening when a photo circulated of Reinhart and Sprouse (out with actresses Zoey Deutch and Haley Lu Richardson) where fans were quick to assume Reinhart was—wait for it—pregnant.
"Lili Reinhart from Riverdale looks pregnant. Or at least from that photo posted by Cole," writes one Twitter user.
Rumors in any form are hurtful, but this speculation, in particular, stemmed from Reinhart's physicality, specifically her weight and what fans regarded as a shift from her usual appearance, which could apparently only be explained by pregnancy. Ask anyone if they think it's reasonable for strangers to comment on the changing state of their stomach—the answer will almost always be "Absolutely never."
But Reinhart took this as an opportunity to take the public at large to school via her Instagram Stories and educate them on proper social media (and human) etiquette.
Reinhart is known for being an open book about the different idiosyncrasies that come with being a 20-something woman, especially relating to weight: Recently, she and co-star Camila Mendes called out Cosmopolitan Philippines for blatantly photoshopping their waists to look smaller. She's also candidly shared photos of herself wearing acne cream and opened up about how she's unsure "if or when [she'll] ever be able to accept [her] skin as it is" but that she's working toward changing that inner dialogue and hopes anyone else struggling with acne can too.
We applaud Reinhart for bringing light to the tug-of-war game between our own self-perception and societal standards and love that she's using her platform of 8.9 million people to do so.
Camila Mendes joined the conversation once again to commend Lili for her candor, posting to her Instagram Stories, "I used to fear the day that people start criticizing my body … but seeing someone as beautiful as Lili respond to public scrutiny … by practicing self-love is all it takes for me to overcome that fear." Read her full message below.
So there you have it—our bodies are in a constant state of fluctuation, and should we be holding onto a little extra water weight, that's no one's business but our own.
Pst: We sat down with Reinhart to learn all her best beauty secrets. Read them here.
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