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Saturday 20 September 2014

Tallulah Willis on body dysmorphia

Tallulah Willis

Tallulah Willis felt "ugly" when she was diagnosed with body dysmorphia aged 13.

The 20-year-old star, who is the daughter of Hollywood superstars Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, is no stranger to having her looks judged having grown up in the spotlight. In a new online video she speaks up to raise awareness about body dysmorphia, a condition she was diagnosed with seven years ago which causes people to worry about their appearance and look at themselves in a distorted way.

"I struggled a lot when I was younger," an underwear-clad Tallulah says in the clip for StyleLikeU.

"Like I'm diagnosed with body dysmorphia with reading those stupid f**king tabloids when I was like 13 and feeling like I was ugly, like always. I believed the strangers more than the people who loved me because why would the people who love me be honest?"

The constant attention resulted in Tallulah choosing more risqué outfits, including push-up bras and denim short shorts. She remembers how much pressure she felt to look good despite being so young and still growing up.

"That made me start to dress showing off my boobs and my butt and those things that I was getting attention for," she recalled.

"I was trapped in this body. I started starving myself and losing a bunch of weight and I got down to like 95 pounds. When I lost my curves and when my boobs shrivelled up into like nothing and I had no shape. It put me in even more of a cage."

Tallulah has previously spoken to StyleLikeU about how her mom Demi encouraged her to feel comfortable in her own skin.

"Growing up, it was our mom - she was just very much like, 'Love your body, love yourself,' whatever we wanted to do, she was very accepting," she previously said.

"Everyone should just, yeah, love and be happy, and be yourself."

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