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Tallulah Willis – Bruce's Kid – Blames Tabloids for Body Dysmorphia

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 08:20 AM

Tallulah Willis, daughter of actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, blamed reading the tabloids for her development of body dysmorphia – a mental illness and belief that one's appearance is defective.

In a StyleLikeU video for its What's Underneath Project, Willis, 20, disrobed while talking about style, body imaging and acceptance. Willis said she struggled with the concept of growing up as a public figure where so much attention was given to physical appearance, according to Us Weekly.


"Sometimes I feel like parents look at me and think, 'Oh God, thank God that's not my kid,'" Willis says on the video. "I struggled a lot when I was younger. Like I'm diagnosed with body dysmorphia with reading those stupid f****** tabloids when I was like 13 but feeling like I was ugly, like always."

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Willis said in the video that she began seeking the approval of others, which led to her dressing racier to receive positive attention.

"That made me start to dress showing off my boobs and my butt and those things that I was getting attention for," said Willis. "It was like denim short shorts, and push up bras so they were sticking to my neck. … I was trapped in this body. I started starving myself and losing a bunch of weight and I got down to like 95 pounds. When I lost my curves and when my boobs shriveled up into like nothing and I had no shape, it put me in even more of a cage."

Willis talked about her struggle to discover her own talents instead of being another celebrity child.

"I love music and I love art, but I'm not creating those things," Willis said in the video. "I said "You know, I don't have anything.'"

She said she was participating in a creative writing class where she started to discover her writing voice. Willis said she hopes to use her writing through her blog, the Clothing Coven, to connect with others through her own painful experiences as a child.

"I found a release when I could just sit down and just let it out," Willis told StyleLikeU. "It was like this weird, spiritual thing. The words would kind of just come out of my fingertips."

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Tallulah Willis, daughter of actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, blamed reading the tabloids for her development of body dysmorphia – a mental illness and belief that one's appearance is defective.
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