FOR David Artavia-. Millie Bobby Brown, who was only 12 years old when she was cast in stranger things of Netflix, has been sincere in the podcast The Guilty Feminist about the difficulties of growing up in the spotlight and how turning 18 put things in perspective.
“I’m dealing with the same kind of things that any 18-year-old girl is dealing with: transitioning into adulthood, having relationships, friendships, and all of that,” she said. “Being liked and trying to fit in, it’s a lot, and in the meantime, you’re trying to get to know yourself. The only difference is that obviously I’m doing it in public view.”
“It can be overwhelming,” Brown said of having to deal with sexualization on top of the daily struggles of being a teenager. “Clearly I’ve had to deal with that more in the last two weeks after turning 18. I see a clear difference between the way people act and the way the press and social networks react to my entrance to the majority old”.
“It’s disgusting,” he continued, explaining that his experience in Hollywood “represents well what happens in the world and how young girls are sexualized. I’ve had to deal with it, but I’ve been doing it forever.”
In fact, when Brown was 16, shared a powerful message that addressed the criticism and sexualization she had to deal with growing up with the media focus on her. “16 seemed like a long time coming. I feel like change needs to happen not only in this generation but also in the next. Our world needs kindness and support for children to grow up and be successful,” she said.
“There are times when I get frustrated by inaccuracies, inappropriate comments, sexualization and unnecessary insults that have ultimately resulted in pain and insecurity for me,” he wrote in an Instagram post on the who was celebrating her 16th birthday in 2020. “But I will never be defeated. I will continue to do what I love and spread the word to bring about change.”
The 16 seemed to take a long time to arrive. I feel that the change must occur not only in this generation but also in the next. Our world needs kindness and support for children to grow and succeed. The last few years have not been easy, I admit. There are times when I get frustrated by inaccuracies, inappropriate comments, sexualization and unnecessary insults that have ultimately resulted in pain and insecurity for me. But I will never be defeated. I will continue to do what I love and spread the word to bring about change.
Let’s focus on what needs to change and I hope this video will enlighten you on what’s going on behind the scenes and behind the scenes.
Don’t worry, I’ll always find a way to smile 😉 Let’s go 16.
Brown explained in The Guilty Feminist who, as a youngster, constantly faced criticism for expressing herself too maturely on the red carpet.
“One time I was walking down the red carpet and I was like, ‘Oh my God. I’m going to make it a little bit shorter, just a little bit shorter,'” she explained of her dress. “I was 16 years old and it was like, ‘Mom, Dad, please. Can I wear this to this award show?'”
Soon after, she recalled, the press came after her for showing too much.
“I was crucified,” she recalled, as She added that the media accused her wanting to look bigger. “I wondered if that was really what we should be talking about. We needed to be talking about the incredible people that were at the awards show, the talent that was there, the people that we represented.”
In recent years, Brown has taken matters into his own hands by using his social media platform to bring about change.
“I think social media is the worst place ever,” explained Brown, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. “I think that when people come to my page they can be happy. And you can see people being helped, you can learn or you can laugh. And they’re seeing a real girl. Of course, I like to post my selfies, but then I get real.”
“I no longer post anything personal. You won’t see that part of me. You will see the things I decide to put out into the world,” she added. “I hope that if there are 12-year-olds who have told Instagram that they have 18 to create an account, they will go to my account and not be exploited by the horrible world we live in.”
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Millie Bobby Brown talks about the “disgusting” sexualization she experienced in Hollywood: “it can be overwhelming”