In a new interview with StyleCaster to promote the new season of Claws, Karrueche Tran, who plays Virginia Loc, talked about being at the forefront of a movement to help women, whether small like her or big, feel less pressure to try and have a body that’s not their own. And with social media telling people that certain bodies are “on trend” while other, natural frames are not, the 30-year-old said it’s important to know it’s ok to not be someone else’s version of “perfect,” but to just be you.
“I’m petite. I’m small, and I always wanted to be curvy and thick and have a big booty and big boobs. That’s because that’s the perception of what’s beautiful out there to a lot of men,” she said. “With social media, we have this perception that we have to be perfect and we have to look a certain way and we want to look like other people. I think it’s pretty f–ked up.”
For the star, she’s had to remind herself of how messed up that is often, especially with the criticism she sometimes gets about her body type. But try as they might, her detractors can’t make Tran love herself any less. She’s done her work.
“I’ve dealt with self-esteem and self-image issues. I’ve accepted who I am with my body. It took a while for me to do that,” she said. “If people learn to accept who they are, that they don’t have to be perfect, that they don’t have to look a certain way, that we’re all individually different, that that is OK, I just think things would be much, much better.”
Tran shared a similar sentiment in a recent podcast chat. She said that she has been using the influence she has to share such a message because, well, somebody has to do it.
“I think it’s important, especially when you have a platform, to let girls know that you don’t need to do the botox and the this and the that,” she said. “Do what you want with your own body, but you have to portray a realistic image, otherwise you’re just messing up these girls’ heads and that is what social media’s kind of doing.”