Sydney Sweeney is being defended by fans after she got candid about her struggles with body acceptance.
Sydney, who shot to fame in 2019 after starring in the hit HBO series Euphoria, recently sat down with the Sun for a wide-ranging interview.
And among the several topics discussed, Sydney revealed that she felt ashamed when her body developed earlier than those of her peers.
“I had boobs before other girls, and I felt ostracized for it,” said Sydney, who is now 25.
Sydney added that being singled out for her physical features at such a young age has continued into her acting career.
Sydney explained that she often has her skill and talent diminished by people who solely focus on the fact that she’s done nude scenes onscreen — something of which she is proud.
“I have big boobs, I’m blonde, and that’s all I have,” she said, quoting people’s wrong assumptions of her talent.
After Sydney’s comments attracted widespread attention online, several internet users quickly accused her of needlessly complaining about developing big breasts.
But others hastily jumped to Sydney’s defense, noting that she was well within her rights to share her experience and how it affected her.
“Women, from the time they reach consciousness, are shamed for simply existing so idk why it’s so hard for people to understand that a child developing breast earlier would lead to scrutiny or feelings of insecurity,” one person wrote.
“I feel like every time this girl speaks out about an issue, y’all are quick to just dismiss her as a sex icon who ‘signed up’ for this and atp y’all need to pack that internalized misogyny,” another said.
This sparked an important conversation about the way young girls who develop early are shamed and often sexualized.
“anyone mocking this probably wasn’t catcalled at 10/11 and wasn’t told to cover up for wearing the same things other kids were allowed to wear. when your body becomes sexualized as a child you can start to hate it and blame yourself,” someone tweeted.
“the reason she getting hate for this is ppl genuinely believe getting objectified or fetishized is a compliment and they can't concieve or a man's attention not being some type of ‘privilege,’” another said.