In light of her turning into a legal adult, Millie Bobby Brown is denouncing the sexualization of young girls in Hollywood.
Brown spoke on navigating through Hollywood as a child star during an April 4 appearance on The Guilty Feminist podcast.
“I deal with the same things any 18-year-old is dealing with, navigating being an adult and having relationships and friendships, and it’s all of those things,” she said, adding,
“Being liked and trying to fit in, it’s all a lot, and you’re trying to find yourself while doing that. The only difference is that obviously, I’m doing that in the public eye.”
Brown—who is best known for her role Eleven on Stranger Things —said that she’s noticed “a difference” in how people treat her since she turned 18 in February.
“Definitely seeing a difference between the way people act, and the way that the press and social media have reacted to me becoming of age,” she continued.
“But it’s gross and it’s true and so I think it’s just a very good representation of what’s going on in the world and how young girls are sexualized and so I have been dealing with that but have also been dealing with that for forever.”
The actress went on to recall a time when she wore a poofy dress to a red-carpet event and was criticized for “looking like a 16-year-old” as it was low cut.
“I thought, ‘Is this really what we’re talking about?'” Brown shared. “We should be talking about the incredible people that were there at the awards show, the talent that was there and the people that we’re representing.”
Brown has since decided to stop posting anything personal on her social media accounts so she can use her platforms to inspire other young girls.
“You’re not gonna see that part of me,” she said. “You get to see the things I choose to put out in the world. I hope if there’s a 12-year-old that’s told Instagram they’re 18, and they’ve created an account, they’re going on my account and they’re not being exploited to the horrible world that’s out there.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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