As the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Rumer Willis has been exposed to the spotlight ever since she was born. Over the years, fans have watched the Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood actress grow up right before our very eyes from a celebrity kid to a brunette bombshell.
Since then, we’ve come to know and adore Rumer for her genuine spirit, kind demeanor and her wicked sense of style. Though she’s had countless incredible experiences thanks to her mom and dad’s A-list status, Rumer opened up to Today about struggling to grow up in the public eye.
“When you’re 14 or 15, I didn’t really understand having value in myself yet,” Rumer candidly shared in August 2019, recalling how she was relentlessly bullied and body-shamed. “My mind went to, ‘OK, so if I get skinny or if I dress the right way or present myself very hyper-sexually and dress this way, then I’ll be valued.'”
The House Bunny actress looked back on her teenagehood in Hollywood, telling the outlet people would ridicule her for having a “huge jaw.” In addition to pointing out her insecurities, Rumer said she was often referred to as “potato head” online.
“I still had a bunch of baby fat,” she explained. “I had this massive fro [of hair] that I did not know what to do with. It was right also when social media and blogging was really starting and a lot of it was that really mean hyper-vigilant … like Perez Hilton types, where it was just so attacking.”
Fortunately, the Empire actress has been able to rise above online bullying and embrace who she truly is thanks to the help of Demi. “I definitely talked to my mom, and her thing was always, ‘You can’t read the comments,'” Rumer remembered. “You could post the most beautiful picture about how you’ve gone and you’re helping kids or you’re giving your time and someone will still find a way to rag on you.”
As the years have passed, Rumer has become a beacon of inspiration when it comes to body positivity and self-love. In June 2021, the Sorority Row actress called out Instagram naysayers for filling her page with comments “telling [her] how [she’s] too skinny.”
“Even though you may think it’s your job or even your right to leave your unfiltered thoughts or judgments about my body for me and others to read … it’s not,” she wrote in a lengthy message. “Body shaming of any kind is something I will not stand for.”
To see photos of Rumer’s beautiful transformation through the years, scroll through the gallery below!
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