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A 'Miss Americana' Confession

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Everyone has been talking about Taylor Swift's new Netflix documentary Miss Americana and what the pop star chose to reveal onscreen. One of her most vulnerable moments is when she talks about how she's struggled with an eating disorder for years. She would routinely starve herself in an attempt to remain thin.

"I thought I was supposed to feel like I was going to pass out at the end of a show, or in the middle of it. Now I realise, no, if you eat food, have energy, get stronger, you can do all these shows and not feel enervated."

Impossible Standards

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Swift gets heated when describing the impossible standards that women are held to in the public eye and she passionately describes the pressures that are placed upon her.

"There's always some standard of beauty that you're not meeting. Because, if you're thin enough, then you don't have that ass that everybody wants. But if you have enough weight on you to have an ass, then your stomach isn't flat enough. It's all just fucking impossible."

Ultimately, Swift has accepted that being healthy is more important than being a "size 00."

"It's better to think you look fat than to look sick. I tend to get triggered by something — whether it’s a picture of me where I feel like my tummy looked too big, or someone said that I looked pregnant or something. And that will trigger me to just starve a little bit, just stop eating."

Jameela Jamil Applauded Her Choice

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People have been applauding Swift's decision to be open about body image, including The Good Place actress and body positivity activist Jameela Jamil. She told HollywoodLife:

"I was just very sad to know that she’s been going through that her whole life, but I was very glad for my words to have been something that helped her and I really thank her for using every press opportunity she’s had to highlight my work because we don’t know each other."

Swift has praised Jamil's activism in the past, so it's a lovefest all around.

Important Work

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Jamil continued, explaining that Swift is in a unique position to be a real positive force to her fans.

"She doesn’t have to highlight my work. She could easily say she came up with these things on our own, but for her to highlight the I-Weigh movement is incredibly cool of her. I’m just so grateful that she’s talking out about her own experience, because it can help lots of her young followers identify their own eating issues that they have, I think it’s really important. She’s also so smart in how she calls things out so clearly and makes them so obvious to the rest of us. So I’m really grateful for all of her work."

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