Through her breakup fromboyfriend Gregg Sulkin and her Snapchat post announcing her bisexuality, Bella Thornes diehard fans have always supported her.
Unfortunately for the former Disney Channel star, the greater chorus of internet haters isnt always as accommodatingto young stars attempting to live authentically.
Bella appears in the November 2016 issue of Playboy and, in a No Filter segment sharedon the magazines website, insists the pressure to adhere to others expectations can be pretty outrageous.
People often dont want to get to know the real you; they only want to get to know the person they think you are. For me, that means people are constantly trying to change me, every second of the day, especially on social media.
Bella, who posed in full satiny glory in a jacket by Catherine Fulmer and blue high-waisted pants by Squaresville vintage, isnt heading for a social media blackout anytime soon, though she admits places like Instagram are breeding grounds for intense criticism.
The Amityville: The Awakening actress said,
Im not fed up with social media I understand it but people like to comment on how my image is too edgy, that *Im* too edgy, and on how they wish I looked. Its a lot of do this, dont do that. To them I say, fuck off.
At just 19 years old, Bella has plenty of growing and getting to know herself left to do, so avoiding the influence and toxic opinions of virtual strangers remains a priority to the Florida native.
It can be difficult to get yourself to focus on you all the time, especially when youre trying to transition into who you really are, but Im not going to change for anybody else. I love staying true to me.
Bells is also hyper-aware of the sexual shame that often plagues young actresses (especially those whose careers were founded in the shadow of two cartoon mouse ears) after theyve grown up.
Theres this effort to try to shame a womans sexiness by pulling a cover over it, but Im a woman who loves skin. I love skin on me, I love skin on girls, I love skin on guys. If youre confident enough to show off your body, you should. Be confident.
Honestly, you dont have to tell me twice, Bell.
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