Rachael Leigh Cook: 'Nothing You See Is Real'
By Sarah Crow Posted Oct 26th 2010 01:45PM
The actress directed her argument to the audience at the Healthy Media for Youth Summit in Washington, D.C., claiming that doctored images of celebrities had a potentially negative effect on young people's self-esteem.
"Nothing that you see is real, even if you look at what looks like a candid photo of someone, anything can be done. It is false advertising," she told the crowd.
Despite her healthy attitude toward media pressure, CBS News reports that the actress admitted to struggling with her own body-image issues following weight gain as a teen. "You're looking for a sense of control, and when you're in a really transitional phase in your teenage years, I think it's a pretty normal reaction to develop food issues," she explained.
Cook expressed her disappointment in her own industry. "It breaks my heart to be part of an industry and part of a machine that really pushes out these images and propagates these really terrible standards that are false," she said. "It's all just a complete illusion."
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