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    17 Celeb Women Deserving Apologies – Hollywood & Media Mistreatment

    Both the entertainment industry and the press have an unfortunately long history of mistreating women, no matter their age. In recent years, these women have been speaking out.
    Here are 17 young female celebs who deserved way better from Hollywood and the media:
    When 11-year-old Kirsten Dunst filmed Interview with a Vampire, she had to kiss 31-year-old Brad Pitt onscreen. While promoting the film, she told Entertainment Tonight about how ‘gross’ the kiss was.

    "It's weird because he's an older guy and I had to kiss him on the lips, so it was gross"
    Here’s the full interview clip:.

    On Twitter in 2023, former child actor Alexa Nikolas alleged that, when she was around 15 or 16, then-24-year-old Jonah Hill forced himself on her at a house party. She added, ‘This type of predatory behavior was hyper normalized when I was a kid.’.

    Closeup of Alexa Nikolas

    Previously, Alexa has spoken out about her experience working on Zoey 101 at 12 and how she didn’t ‘feel safe’ around series creator Dan Schneider. In a 2022 Instagram Live from a protest she held outside Nickelodeon, she said, ‘I did not feel protected at Nickelodeon as a child, personally, I’m demanding that Nickelodeon starts protecting children and not predators.’

    Young Alexa Nikolas

    Here’s the full video from her protest.

    When Raven-Symoné was just 7 years old, she faced strict food restrictions on set, including being barred from eating certain foods like bagels. Unfortunately, she also experienced body-shaming comments from people she worked with, who told her she was ‘getting fat’. This early experience had a significant impact on Raven-Symoné and her perception of herself.

    Young Raven-Symoné

    At 14, Brooke Shields starred in The Blue Lagoon, where she had to film most scenes with only her hair covering her breasts. In her documentary Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, she revealed that director Randal Kleiser aimed to turn the film into a reality show and exploit her actual sexual awakening.

    Brooke Shields in "The Blue Lagoon"
    On The Drew Barrymore Show, Brooke revealed that she turned down the director’s attempts to contact her after the release of the documentary. In addition, she bravely spoke out against the male directors who objectified her when she was underage, highlighting a broader issue in the industry.

    "It was about, you know, these males needing me to be in a certain category of their story."
    You can watch the full clip below:

    At 9, JoJo Siwa became a member of the Dance Moms cast, making a stylish and fashion-forward impression. However, her time on the show wasn’t always smooth sailing. Under the guidance of her instructor, Abby Lee Miller, JoJo faced the harsh treatment that was known to be a part of the dance studio. In one particular episode, Abby assigned the girls to write about JoJo and provide reasons why she shouldn’t be a part of the Abby Lee Dance Company. The atmosphere became tense as the other girls proceeded to voice their criticisms of JoJo.

    Young JoJo Siwa crying

    At 19, JoJo shared the episode clip on her TikTok with the caption, “When people try and hurt me, but this was my childhood.”

    On her 16th birthday, Millie Bobby Brown shared a video montage of negative headlines about her to Instagram. In the caption, she wrote, ‘The last few years haven’t been easy, I’ll admit that. There are moments I get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me. But not ever will I be defeated.’

    Closeup of Millie Bobby Brown

    Similarly, when she was 15, she seemingly called out critics who said her SAG Awards outfit was “too mature” for her. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “It’s always difficult to dress for a red carpet event because a lot of people have opinions, and unfortunately, you say you won’t listen to it, but you actually kind of have to. For me, I sit there and think, I’m not going to listen to what they have to say, journalists or whoever wants to write badly about my inappropriate outfit.”

    Closeup of Millie Bobby Brown

    When Vanessa Hudgens was 18, her nude photos were leaked online. She was made to release an apology statement, saying she was “embarrassed over this situation and regret[s] having ever taken these photos.” Fellow Disney star Joe Jonas told Vulture he “heard that she had to be in the Disney offices for a whole day because they were trying to figure out how to keep her on lockdown.”

    Closeup of Vanessa Hudgens

    Reflecting on the situation 13 years later, Vanessa shared with Cosmopolitan UK how it had left a lasting impact on her. She described it as a deeply traumatic experience, expressing her disbelief that some individuals believe they have the right to disclose such personal matters to the public.

    Closeup of Vanessa Hudgens

    When Rihanna was 17, she faced rumors about Jay-Z cheating on Beyoncé with her. However, a decade later, her former publicist, Jonathan Hay, confessed to fabricating the entire story out of desperation to promote her debut song ‘Pon de Replay’.

    Closeup of Rihanna

    On High Low with EmRata, Bella Thorne stated, ‘I had a director give me feedback once, and I was 10. The casting director calls my agent, and the agent calls my mom, and they’re like, ‘So, she’s not moving forward because the director felt like she was flirting with him, and it made him really uncomfortable.’ … What the fuck are you talking about, man? I don’t give a fuck what the fuck I said… She is 10 years old. Why would you ever think that?’

    Young Bella Thorne

    During her Disney Channel days, Demi Lovato worked practically nonstop. She filmed a movie and a season of a TV show, recorded an album, and went on tour every year for three years. On Call Her Daddy, she said, “There was this extreme workload that I think put a lot of pressure on us, and that’s why some of us turned to… I personally turned to, ‘If you’re going to work me like an adult, I’m going to party like an adult.’ That at 16 wasn’t healthy at all.”

    Demo Lovato onstage

    During a 2020 Sonny with a Chance virtual reunion, Demi spoke about being overworked while also having an eating disorder. They said, “I was underweight and freezing… I would have people over for meetings on my lunch breaks, because that’s how much I worked. People would come in, and I’d be covered in a blanket on the couch, and they were like, ‘Why is it 80 degrees in here?’ I would be like, ‘Because I’m freezing.’ They would be like, ‘Oh, my God, what’s wrong with you?'”.

    Closeup of Demi Lovato

    Check out the full video for some chic and fashion-forward inspiration. This part starts around the 19:44 mark.

    In 2022, Kate Winslet spoke to the Sunday Times about her experiences in the entertainment industry. She shared that when she was younger, her agent would receive calls inquiring about her weight.

    Closeup of Kate Winslet
    She also called out journalists and fans who claimed her weight was the reason Jack couldn’t take refuge on the door with Rose at the end of Titanic. On the Happy Sad Confused podcast, she said, ‘Apparently, I was too fat. Why were they so mean to me? They were so mean. I wasn’t even fucking fat. If I could turn back the clock, I would’ve used my voice in a completely different way.’

    Screenshots from "Titanic"

    When Zendaya was 18, she made a chic and fashion-forward statement on the Academy Awards red carpet with her stunning locs hairstyle. However, Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic‘s comments about her were far from fashionable. Rancic’s remark that Zendaya smelled like patchouli oil or weed was not only a gross stereotype but also outrageously offensive. In response, Zendaya took to Instagram, where she eloquently called out and condemned Rancic’s insensitive comments.

    Closeup of Zendaya

    When Miley Cyrus was 15, she faced public scrutiny for a daring and fashion-forward photoshoot with Vanity Fair. In the shoot, she confidently posed with her back exposed, showcasing her chic style. Although she initially expressed embarrassment about the pictures, Miley’s recent reflection on the incident shows her growth and confidence. She shared a powerful image of a New York Post headline shaming her and fearlessly tweeted, ‘I’M NOT SORRY. Fuck YOU.’

    Young Miley Cyrus
    Additionally, starring on Hannah Montana from ages 11–18 probably caused some body dysmorphia because she had been made pretty every day for so long. While shooting, she also had to work 12-hour days. Because the hours were so long, her mother suggested bringing in the kind of lights that are used to treat seasonal affective disorder.

    Screenshot from "Hannah Montana"

    From ages 7–11, Soleil Moon Frye starred on Punky Brewster. When the show ended, she ‘was going through puberty, and [she] developed very quickly.’ She struggled to find age-appropriate jobs and was offered ‘tits and ass roles,’ despite being a child, and male producers viewed her as a ‘wild girl.’ She also dealt with insecurity and mistreatment from her peers.

    Young Soleil Moon Frye

    Then, she made the bold decision to undergo breast reduction surgery at the tender age of 15. Despite facing public shame, she fearlessly opened up to the press, emphasizing the importance of self-acceptance and embracing change in order to enhance one’s well-being.

    Young Soleil Moon Frye

    The year Emma Watson turned 16, the British tabloid the Sun published a countdown to her birthday. This significant milestone signifies the legal age of consent in England. Emma Watson, known for her chic and fashion-forward style, has been an influential figure in the fashion industry. Her impeccable fashion sense has made her a fashion icon for many young women around the world. From red carpet events to street style looks, Emma Watson never fails to impress with her trendy and stylish outfits. As she celebrates her birthday, let’s take a look back at some of her most memorable fashion moments.

    Closeup of Emma Watson
    The harassment she faced from tabloids worsened as she got older. During a HeForShe speech, she said, “I remember on my 18th birthday, I came out of my birthday party and photographers laid down on the pavement and took photographs up my skirt, which were then published on the front of the English tabloid [newspapers] the next morning.”

    Closeup of Emma Watson

    During a speech at the 2018 Women’s March, Natalie Portman spoke about the ‘sexual terrorism’ she faced after starring in Léon: The Professional at 13, which led her to build ‘a reputation for basically being prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious, in an attempt to feel that [her] body was safe and that [her] voice would be listened to’.

    Closeup of Natalie Portman giving a speech
    Check out her fabulous speech below:

    And finally, in her late teens, Britney Spears was subjected to invasive questions about her body and her virginity. She had to deal with such speculation into her 20s.

    "That's a personal question."
    Here’s the complete video clip, featuring this line of questioning that begins at the 2:05 mark.

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