Tallulah Willis Shares Difficult Details About Her Eating Disorder, Body Dysmorphia While Undressing on Camera

08/05/2014 at 02:17 PM ET

Tallulah Willis may seem to have everything going for her, but she didn’t always feel that way.

Willis, 20, opens up about her struggle with self-esteem in a frank video for Stylelikeu, undressing herself on camera as she explains how being the daughter of Hollywood royalty Demi Moore and Bruce Willis wasn’t always a fairy tale.

Tallulah Willis Ben Horton/Getty

“I’m diagnosed with body dysmorphia [because of] reading those stupid f—ing tabloids when I was like 13, feeling like I was just ugly, always,” she says in the video. “I believed the strangers more than the people who loved me, because why would the people who love me be honest?” The public scrutiny shaped Willis’s style, leading her to wear provocative clothes to emphasize her body and hide the face she hated.

“That made me start to dress really with showing off my boobs and butt, and showing off those things that I was getting attention for,” she explains. “I remember specifically one day putting on a button-up and … having long pants on … and feeling so beautiful. And that was a mindf— for me, the fact that all the attention had to be on my face, and that was so scary for me, because I already wanted to distract people. And by the time I realized that wasn’t who I was anymore, it was like I was trapped in this body and I hated that I was sexy.”

So she pulled a dangerous 180°, starving herself and dropping down to 95 lbs. in an attempt to shed her sensual look. “When I lost my curves and my boobs shriveled up into nothing, and I had no shape and I was just saggy skin everywhere, I was like ‘Hey, believe me now?'” she says. “But I viewed super-skinny me as smart, intelligent. I was able to have the physical transformation so everyone could see me differently.”

Thankfully, the Clothing Coven fashion blogger is learning to love every inch of herself, from her body to her face to her soul.

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She also has the support of her famous family, from her stunning mom who preaches self-acceptance to her 23-year-old sister Scout, who’s so confident that she strutted the streets of NYC topless to promote body positivity.

Now, Willis hopes to help other women through her writing and sharing her own story. “If I can use any of the pain that I’ve gone through, and if … when other girls read it they can be healed a little, even if it’s the smallest piece, by something I’ve written or the way I’ve written it, that’s very, very important to me.”

Watch the whole video below to see Willis bare her soul while she bares her (healthy and beautiful!) body, then tell us: Does Willis’s story inspire you? What part of yourself did you feel most insecure about as a teen — and how did you overcome that?

–Michele Corriston

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Tina on

I’m sorry Tallulah. Good Healing.

EdmontonGirl on

I can’t imagine how hard it is to be a celebrity child – those three girls of Demi and Bruce have had more than their share of horrible comments posted about their looks over the years. And they are all truly so uniquely beautiful. Why are people so cruel because they can be anonymous and bully defenceless children in this way? These kids are being psychologically damaged – please just stop. It should be illegal to photograph any child without consent. Period. Tallulah – I am sorry you were hurt in that. I wish you all the best.

Ana on

You r beautiful Tallulah, I can not imagine how hard can be for celebrities and worse for their kids because people can be so kind but soo cruel too…sometimes Im reading comments that I can not believe!!!

ceecee on

What you’ve learned at 20 is amazing. A lot of people spend a lifetime trying to come to terms with an insecurity. Being the child of famous parents may have exposed you to an insane number of negative comments, but you’ve also been exposed to deeper thinkers who look past the surface. Whew. Some people are stuck among the closed minded for life. You’re going to be even more amazing. Sharing like this gives us the chance to say something good and contribute to your healing. Continued blessings to you.

Tasmin on

It would be so hard growing up with a beautiful actress mother, and genetically looking like your father. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. It’s hard enough learning to like yourself, and your imperfections, much less doing it for the world to see. I admit, I have laughed at some of the mean comments written about the Willis girls, but after reading this, I won’t engage with nasty stories about them anymore.

EdmontonGirl on

Tasmin – really? What a horrible thing to say “I wouldn’t wish that on anyone” What – to resemble her father who I might mention has been the romantic lead in many movies? You are as bad as the bullies that led to her developing body issues. All human beings are beautiful just the way they are. Why on earth compare her to anyone – her mother or her father. It is irrelevant. She is Tallulah.

Emma on

I remember reading some of the viscous comments people used to write about how these girls looked. I always felt so sad, and wondered if people would say them to their faces. I’ve never understood why so many people feel they need to tear others apart.

Suzanne on

Sorry for the pain you have been through its not. Easy for teenagers I’m a nobody but there a lot of nasty people out there I’m glad you have come through it and sharing it will help others it shouldn’t matter who your parents are you are not them you are you I know how horrible people can be I lost my daughter through being bullied she took her life at thirteen so I’m glad you came through it and proved that you ate still here and came through the battle with yourself good luck xx

Nanu 08 on

Just simply be who you are…….what others say or think doesn’t matter so smile at everyone you meet.

Gg on

Blah blah blah. Every one has problems. I get tired of the whoa is me from these people. Get a job and live a real life and see how stressful things are then.

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