When people think about Hollywood, many people daydream about the star-studded parties, red carpet fashion, and the flashing cameras. But Hollywood isn’t all glitz and glamour — sometimes, it’s much darker. And that needs to be talked about.
One of the most unfortunate parts of Hollywood is the sexualization of women — especially young girls. Some of our favorite child stars, like Jennifer Love Hewitt and Natalie Portman, have opened about how men made them feel like sexual objects. And decades later, the same has happened to stars like Millie Bobby Brown, Billie Eilish, and more.
Just because this is a sad reality doesn’t mean women will stay silent about it. Many starlets have opened up about how gross it felt and how damaging it was to be sexualized at such a young age, and their stories are important harbingers of change throughout Hollywood and how we talk about young women especially.
From writing op-eds to be released to international publications to taking their thoughts to Instagram, these women will not be silenced. Learn more about what these celebrity women had to say about being sexualized in their youth.
A version of this article was originally published on Nov. 2021.