When actresses are interviewed, they are often asked to share their beauty and dieting secrets. While this may have become the norm, being asked to share dieting advice certainly caught one actress off-guard — and rightfully so.
According to The Huffington Post, the star of Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World Rowan Blanchard recently told ELLE magazine of an experience in which she served up a side of feminism to a red carpet reporter who asked her if she had any dieting advice for other girls her age.
“Someone recently asked if I had any dieting tips for other teenage girls,” the 13-year-old actress said. “Try and reverse that. ‘Do you have any dieting tips for other teenage boys?'”
She continued, “”I mean, come on. I don’t diet! I’m thirteen! Nobody my age should be dieting or trying to change themselves because society says so. And seriously, I’m thirteen!”
As if her initial response weren’t enough, Blanchard went on to actually offer some advice to the reporter, though it probably wasn’t what they expected: “The only ‘dieting tip’ I have is, like, if you don’t order fries, you’ll probably be mad.”
An ambassador for the #TeamHeForShe feminism campaign, Blanchard says she will answer questions regarding her wardrobe on the red carpet, although she doesn’t want those questions to be the only questions, says The Huffington Post. “…Don’t make my story, and who I am, be my dress, while my male co-star’s story is how he picks scripts and gets inspired,” she said.
The Huffington Post reports that Blanchard has been an active voice for both feminism and gender equality in the past year. We all could certainly benefit from more strong voices like Blanchard’s.
Thank you, Rowan Blanchard, for passionately defending your believes and in the process, defending women and girls everywhere.