Bella Thorne plays your typical high school mean-girl, queen bee in The DUFF, and the star sat down to talk to Cosmopolitan about some common issues that girls may be introduced to in high school, but can definitely stick around way after, including boyfriends, social media hate and more.
When it comes to pressures to look and act perfect all the time, Bella doesn’t let other people’s expectations of her make the rules. “I think a lot of girls do, and it’s unfair because guys don’t. Guys can have acne scars and be overweight or rude. If a girl is the least bit sarcastic or she speaks out about something, she’s a bitch. It’s completely messed up,” she explained.
Social media hate is another big issue that young women have to deal with nowadays. “If a girl wears a bathing suit, she is a ho and is body-shamed. If you don’t show your body, you’re a prude. You take pictures with a guy and you’re a ho; you take pictures with a girlfriend and you’re a lesbian.” Bella isn’t cool with the cyberbullying, however, believing girls should choose to empower one another instead. “I don’t understand how girls can sit there and pick one another apart. My friends and I don’t do that. Even if I’m not having a good day, my friends are always like, ‘But babe, your style is impeccable. I love your shoes.’ No matter what, we always pick out the good things.”
The biggest issue young women have to eventually learn to navigate is that of the opposite sex. That’s right…boys. Bella has been dating her boyfriend Tristan Klier on and off for three years and if there’s one thing she’s learned, it’s this: “Do not stalk who [guys are] following on Instagram, thinking, ‘She has this. Maybe he likes that?’ That’ll just kill you. Take it from a girl who never had boobs. Every woman in my family has huge boobs. And the girls in Tristan’s school—I don’t know what’s in their food, but all their boobs are legit huge. I was always flat-chested, and that really gave me a complex growing up. Once I stopped stressing about them, they grew.”
Bella Thorne for ‘Cosmopolitan’
You can read Bella’s full interview when the February issue of Cosmopolitan hits stands January 13th!
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