Whether you know her from her stint on The View or from her time on shows like Disney Channel hit That’s So Raven (which has spawned spin-off Raven’s Home), chances are you remember Raven-Symoné’s acting persona fondly. But in new comments to People, the actress spoke out about the toll being in the public at a young age took on her mental health.
“I wish I was living now as a younger person. I probably wouldn’t have so many mental issues,” Raven shared, explaining that her struggles with mental health (which outlets have speculated about before) might’ve formed from formative criticism, particularly body-shaming, as a teenager.
“[They said] I was too big to be doing an hour and a half concert. ‘I don’t know how she can dance being that big.’ And I was like, ‘I still did it!’
I was on tour forever because it’s not about your size, it’s about what you have to say, if you can sing or dance, and performing. It’s not about your size.”
The actress had previously spoken out about being told to watch her figure when she was seven years old and on The Cosby Show, but she finds the current cultural moment of body positivity and acceptance to be a welcome change from the first part of her career:
“I love embracing your body. In this day and age you have all kinds, and it’s funny, it’s serious, it’s every color, it’s every head shape, it’s every hair. And there’s androgyny, and there’s LGBT coming in, and it feels good.
We didn’t have it enough last time and I guess that’s what the past is for — to make sure the present is what it needs to be.”
Read or watch all of her comments here.
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