Tallulah Willis uses her famous platform to advocate for mental health awareness as well as body positivity. And because of her advocacy, Willis has opened up about the many insecurities she has faced regarding her physical appearance.
Recently, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis‘ daughter has opened up about how much she “resented” being compared to her father, physically. Instead, she wished to be compared to Moore.
Tallulah Willis opens up about her struggles with Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Willis has been remarkably candid about her struggle with Body Dysmorphic Disorder for years now. In 2014, she revealed (via The Daily Mail) that she attended rehab for her eating disorder and BDD.
“When I was younger, I was diagnosed with body dysmorphia,” Willis revealed. “I felt like I was ugly, always. You could tell me a thousand times that it’s not true, but it’s true, and that’s OK. So that made me start to dress really like showing off my boobs and my butt and showing off those things that I was getting attention for.”
She continues, saying,
‘It took me until like a year ago, and I remember specifically one day putting on a button-up and buttoning it up all the way to my neck and having long pants on that weren’t tight and just my arms showing and feeling so beautiful. And that was a mind f*ck for me! The fact that all the attention had to be on my face was so scary for me because I always wanted to distract people.”
Tallulah Willis hated being compared physically to her father, Bruce Willis
It’s no secret that the Die Hard actor is extremely handsome, yet Willis never took being compared to her father as a compliment. Instead, she felt offended that she wasn’t being compared to her mother, Moore.
“I punished myself for not looking like my mom after being told I was Bruce Willis’ twin since birth,” she reveals in a recent Instagram post. “I resented the resemblance as I believed wholly my ‘masculine’ face was the sole reason for my unlovability – FALSE!” she exclaims. “I was/am inherently valuable and worthy, at any life stage, at any size, with any hairdo! (As are you.)”
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter has advice for anyone dealing with BDD
Fortunately, Tallulah Willis has some great ways to cope with her body dysmorphia. She offers advice to her followers, saying, “You need to soothe the wound within your soul before trying to ‘fix’ the outsides.”
Willis goes on, saying that covering mirrors has really helped her coping process. “Towel over the mirror/ taking mirrors down/ implementing self boundaries that I only can look in the mirror when brushing teeth and washing my face,” she writes.
She continues, saying that breaks from social media have helped her as well. “Breaks from social media,” she writes. “I scroll 9GAG to disassociate instead. Memes are there to help!”
And finally, Willis suggests finding a circle of people who you can be open and honest with about your triggers. “Find a safe person, circle, community who you can vocalize the triggering moment/current obsession/spiral,” she suggests.
How to get help: In the U.S., call the National Eating Disorders Association helpline at 1-800-931-2237.
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