During a candid conversation about body image with Gigi Hadid for Harper’s Bazaar US, Lively stressed, “That’s definitely not how we wake up looking every single day of our lives.”
“I’m guilty myself of being at a photo shoot and saying, ‘that looks terrible on me,’’ Lively goes on. “And they’re like, ‘we’ll fix it.’ And you’re so relieved.”
Lively adds: “It’s so important for young people not to compare themselves with what they see online.”
Hadid, who frequently comes under fire for her fluctuating size, which she attributes to Hashimoto’s disease, reflected that she preferred her curves.
“When I had a more athletic figure, I was proud of my body because I was an amazing volleyball player and horseback rider," she told Lively. "But after discovering that I have Hashimoto’s, I needed to eat healthy and work out. It was weird as a teenager, dealing with this when all of my friends could eat McDonald’s and it wouldn’t affect them."
"If I could choose, I would have my ass back and I would have the tits I had a few years ago. But, honestly, we can’t look back with regret. I loved my body then, and I love my body now," she said, adding: "Whoever is reading this, I want you to realise that three years from now you will look back at a picture from this time period and be like: 'Wow, I was so hot. Why did I feel so bad about myself because of some stupid thing someone said?'"
This article originally appeared on marie claire.