Emma Stone Addresses Weight Criticisms in (Typically Awesome) Fashion

05/05/2014 at 03:44 PM ET

Emma Stone always seems perfectly poised and put together, but the actress deals with her own internal battles when it comes to her appearance. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star spoke to Seventeen.com about confidence, body image and, of course, girl power.

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“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 25-year-old said. “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.”

Stone revealed that despite being praised for her movie-star good looks — and dating Spider-Man himself, British actor Andrew Garfield — she has her share of detractors too. And even though she works hard to rise above it, it can hurt sometimes. “I’m actively working hard on learning to appreciate yourself no matter what. If what someone else says can easily derail you, it means your sense of self isn’t that firmly established in the first place,” she says. “It’s an inside job. You’re beautiful and worthy and totally unique. People insult each other based on their own insecurities — even though it may feel personal, it really never is. Really. Seriously.”

One thing in particular that cuts too close? Negative comments about her frame. “Keeping weight on is a struggle for me — especially when I’m under stress, and especially as I’ve gotten older,” the stylish star explained. “That’s the way my genes have decided to go, and things will change as time goes on, as does everything. So when completely untrue statements are made about me or my health, of course a part of me wants to defend. Thing is, people have a right to imagine what they want to imagine. My job at these moments is to tell myself the truth … Then I remind myself to be kind to myself, and as slightly ridiculous as it may sound, to treat myself in the same gentle way I’d want to treat a daughter of mine. It really helps.”

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But in the end, Stone remembers to stay true to who she is, and embraces what makes her different.

“We’re all meant to be here, and we all have completely unique perspectives and personalities and stories worth sharing,” she said. “For me, it’s important never to forget that. There’s no use in comparing yourself to anybody else.”

Tell us: What makes you feel confident? Do you think Stone is a good role model for young women?

— Michele Corriston

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Marcie on

So she’s beautiful, funny and skinny…..hate her :)

I wish I had trouble keeping weight on!

Dawn S on

People can be total a holes! Sure wish I reacted to stress the way does…and aging lol but she’s absolutely right! We have to start encouraging and accepting each other. It’s not a contest. Life is about being happy not tearing each other to shreds. Love her!

Layla on

I really really like her! She seems like such a fun, positive, person. I totally agree with what she stated in this article, and I hope that a lot of young girls (as well as girls of all ages), really take what she said to heart. It is really hard being a teenager!

Em13 on

Love this girl. So genuine.

here we go on

i love that folks scorn overweight people who love themselves…but love the thin who struggle to find that love. it’s a double standard. it sucks.

Andrea on

I can relate. I went through that all through school. People made fun of me so bad for being thin. They called me “skinny bones” and “anorexic” and all kinds of mean things. People are just mean sometimes. They’re the same way to people who are “overweight”. They call them fat and all kinds of mean names. It’s like you can’t win with those kinds of people. They’re always looking for something to make fun of.

Sarahjane on

She always seems to be the same genuine girl. I really like her :)

Ris on

Google what she looked like in 06 and 08. She gave interviews during easy A saying I’m curvy, I’ll never diet, I like my weight, I’m going to be me….now she’s half the size and wonder when people worry/comment when she herself said what her natural weight is. This isn’t her natural weight. It sends a bad message to girls and I’m genuinely concerned for her. Sincerely.

Elf on

My already-fast metabolism got even faster couple years ago. Just like Emma Stone, I too lose weight quickly without wanting it when I’m under stress. I’ve seen a doctor, a nutritionist, I eat everything (unless it’s a stressful time), yet I’m underweight. Try to guess how many people made comments about my look, assumed that I was anorexic or had another eating disorder. It’s unbelievable how people think it’s OK to make comments about someone’s look in a rude way. It’s also unbelievable how some people think it’s not okay to make bad comments about an overweight person (it’s not) but totally okay to bash underweight people (equally terrible.)

Alison on

How can anyone find anything bad to say about this girl! She’s so funny and clever! Always a joy to watch!

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