Emma Stone wants young women 'to stop shaming ourselves and other people'

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By Anna Chan
"There's a sense that we're all ‘too’ something, and we're all not enough," Emma Stone told Seventeen.Larry Busacca / Today

Emma Stone may often look picture perfect, but the "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" star is no stranger to criticism about her image, and she's urging people to knock off the body shaming that's aimed not just at her, but everyone — famous or not.

"My great hope for us as young women is to start being kinder to ourselves so that we can be kinder to each other," the actress told Seventeen magazine. "To stop shaming ourselves and other people for things we don't know the full story on — whether someone is too fat, too skinny, too short, too tall, too loud, too quiet, too anything. There's a sense that we're all 'too' something, and we're all not enough."

"I hope we can be supportive of each other and try to really have each other's backs, especially when we don't know the whole story," she added.

The svelte 25-year-old also tackled the negative talk about her weight, noting that she wants to defend herself and set the record straight whenever she sees falsehoods published.

"I've seen articles or comments that have addressed my weight, or 'caving to pressure to be thin,'" she admitted. "Keeping weight on is a struggle for me — especially when I'm under stress, and especially as I've gotten older. That's the way my genes have decided to go."

Though Stone may be under the microscope much more than the average woman, she sympathizes with everyone.

“It can be really challenging in today's world for anyone — especially girls and women — to feel good about their bodies," she said. "No matter how things look from the outside, we can all be super critical of ourselves and of our image in the mirror."

All the more reason to remember to be kind to ourselves and one another.

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