Lili Reinhart embodies the same strong female essence as her “Riverdale” character, Betty Cooper.
The 22-year-old actress has never been shy about speaking out against her naysayers. After publically shutting down body-shamers on social media numerous times, Reinhart unintentionally became the millennial voice for empowering young women — and her refreshing point of view is what garnered her 13.4 million Instagram followers.
“Don’t be afraid to share your struggles even if you think no one is listening, because they are and we always need more voices and more role models who are real and who are willing to talk about their struggles. There’s nothing more powerful than that — to be a woman and say ‘I’m not ashamed of this. I’m not ashamed of what I look like’ or whatever you feel insecurities about,” Reinhart told AOL at Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards. “I think it’s a matter of using your voice even if you think no one can hear you because they can,” she added.
Aside from Reinhart’s unapologetic vision, the actress was one of the many celebrities using their platform to encourage voting in this past midterm elections. After a record number of women won seats in the House, Lili told AOL that ‘it’s just a matter of time before women are running everything.’
“It’s amazing. I am so excited about it. I think it’s about time and this year has been so important for politics. Women know how much power they have and now we are using it. There was a record number of new voters this year and it’s just a matter of time before women are running everything,” she said.
“It’s incredibly encouraging to know that women are helping make the decisions now. It’s like finally, we are not having these old cranky white men make choices about our bodies who couldn’t possibly know what it’s like to be a woman. I am so happy we have that representation.”
We think she’s got a point.