Raven Symone opened up on body shaming and what she dealt with growing up with it in the spotlight.
Known as one of the most famous child stars of all time, Symone explained in a video for The View released on Wednesday on how she felt about her look growing up. When she received criticism for not having a stereotypical appearance of a young woman in the entertainment industry, Symone did what she could to never let it get to her.
"The way that I feel has evolved over the years starting in the industry as someone that did not look the normal size of an actress," she said. "And losing a lot of weight, gaining a lot of weight, and looking at other actresses that got more jobs than me and people [saying], 'You'll get more jobs if you lost weight,' and I'd be like, 'Well, I'm hungry, so...'"
The co-host of The View pointed out that stress can make her gain weight and when she got older, she did other things than worry about what was on the scale.
"Instead of focusing on why I'm not losing weight, I was focusing on things that made me happy," she said. "I started going to school and I started exercising because I wanted to, not because I had to."
Symone is speaking out on the phrase '#takebackthebeach' to help people realize what's really beneficial and to take at least some hate away.
"I wanted to be part of this message because we confined ways of counteracting the real haters with things of internal confidence and that is what's most important," she said. "So I feel that body shaming will never end, but it can soften."
Check it out below.