Samira Wiley Called Out The Media For Distorting Reality After Sharing Her Experience Being Body-Shamed During A Photoshoot

    "All of these young girls who are just looking at these magazines...their perception is that this is reality and it's not."

    Samira Wiley is currently helping lead a campaign that encourages people to celebrate and appreciate themselves, physically and otherwise. She applies its mission to her own life, but of course that doesn't mean she's immune to the emotional impacts of body-shaming.

    The actor, best known for her roles in The Handmaid's Tale and Orange Is the New Black, recently opened up about a time when she found herself on the receiving end of critical comments regarding her appearance.

    As she recalled during a new interview with People, it happened in a professional setting — during a photo shoot — and "really affected" her despite not necessarily "[putting her] in a horrible mood" in the moment.

    "I remember this one so vividly because feel like I have a healthy body image, and I was on the shoot and one of the outfits they put me in, was something that showed a bit of midriff," Samira explained.

    "And honestly, I thought it was fine," she said of the outfit. "But someone on the set was like, 'Oh, don't worry. We can fix that in post.'"

    That inappropriate comment struck her as a clear example of dangerous "beauty" paradigms that we know are pervasive in Hollywood, but exist pretty much everywhere.

    "This is what I have to deal with?" she said. "I can't imagine what all of these young girls who are just looking at these magazines, and their perception is that this is reality and it's not."

    In the new interview, Samira also talked about being diagnosed with diabetes at an early age, and how her body image and relationship to self-care has changed over the last decade. You can read more here.