Although Camila Mendes plays a reformed mean-girl on the hit show Riverdale, she has some IRL experience with it too.
However, she was the one who was bullied in school.
Sitting down recently with Teen Vogue, she opened up about how she was bullied and slut-shamed while she was in school.
“My friend and I were in eighth grade or ninth grade,” she said. “These two girls who were a few years above us put out this video on Facebook, and they were just like, ‘Who are freshman sluts? Cami and Kylie.’
"They just kind of made this video talking about how much we were sluts … [when the reality is that] both of us were in relationships, and not even hooking up with anybody but our loved ones.
"We were just like, ‘What?’ It was completely purposeless bullying.”
Well that's harsh.
Thankfully, she pulled through it all pretty well.
She continued, “The good thing is that no one really gave it the attention that those girls wanted. No one really fed into it. The people that we were friends with knew who we were and knew that that wasn’t us. Either way, at the end of the day, my sexuality, my friend’s sexuality, was none of their business, and not theirs to judge. I think when you’re at such a young age, you do stupid things, and you kind of let those negative emotions take over.”
Cami is now a huge advocate of making sure girl-on-girl bullying comes to an end, and is using her platform and influence on young girls.
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