As an outspoken advocate for body positivity, Jameela Jamil is often vocal about the damaging effects impossible beauty standards have on young people. She has refused to be airbrushed for magazine covers, and she is never afraid to call out body-shaming when she sees it. She has also been open about her own body image issues, sharing her struggles with body dysmorphia and anorexia on BuzzFeed’s morning show AM to DM. Recently, she shared one of the factors that exacerbated her eating disorder as a teenager.
In an interview with People.com, published on August 1st, Jamil discussed her new partnership with Bumble BFF, a branch of the popular dating app that helps young women meet new friends. The Good Place star also talked about the loneliness she experienced as a teenager and how it contributed to her eating disorder.
She added that she wishes there had been an app like Bumble BFF when she was going through this rough patch.
Jamil added that she has gotten better at making friends since her teenage years, and she stressed the importance of cultivating friendships. She noted that a friend “is a witness to your life.”
Inclusivity and community have been big parts of Jamil’s activism. Her body-positive Instagram account, @i_weigh, seeks to advocate for and promote marginalized groups.
Jamil’s experience with loneliness shows just how crucial it is to reach out to others. You never know who might be struggling. We’re thankful to Jamil for sharing her struggles and for her continuous advocacy.