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Hayden Panettiere Confesses To Body Dysmorphia Struggle

September 18, 2012 07:19 AM by Stephanie Gustafson

There’s a lot of pressure for female celebs to conform to a certain body ideal, and unfortunately, those who don’t fit the mold are often party to petty attacks. Former Punk’d host and Project Runway guest judge Hayden Panettiere has sadly struggled with negative attention in the press, and in a recent interview, she revealed just how much those nasty remarks hurt.

Hayden Panettiere has faced a fair share of media scrutiny. In a recent Women’s Health interview, she recalled one tabloid that especially impacted her body image. The article featured pictures of Hayden’s backside, with the word “cellulite” stamped across it. After seeing the picture, Hayden was “mortified.” She added that the experience launched a painful struggle with body dysmorphia.

So, how does a young star constantly plastered on the tabloids remain positive about what she sees in the mirror? Hayden quickly realized that she didn’t have to let the haters control how she felt about herself. “I remember reminding myself that beauty is an opinion, not a fact. And it has always made me feel better.” Wise words of advice from a wonderful young woman!

Hayden also realized that, as cliche as it may sound, beauty comes from the inside. So she decided to start doing her part to make the world a better place. She makes a point of volunteering for a variety of organizations, including Autism Speaks, Make-A-Wish, and most recently, the Whaleman Foundation. “I like to dedicate myself wholeheartedly to a cause so that I have more impact. My goal is to shed light on the beauty of the ocean and how important it is for our planet.”

It’s great to see Hayden Panettiere committing herself to a good cause! And for the record, we think that she is absolutely stunning!

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6 Responses to “Hayden Panettiere Confesses To Body Dysmorphia Struggle”

  1. victoria Says:
    September 18th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    just do what you believe is right heyden..don’t you worry about those bs..talk is cheap remember that? good luck with your career and your life…

  2. mike Says:
    September 18th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I think she’s beautiful, haters are gonna hate Hayden.

  3. Jeff Says:
    September 18th, 2012 at 8:57 am


    Don’t let the press get to you. You are a very beautiful and talented young lady. Getting involved in things that make the world a better place is awesome plus gets your mind off all the negativity. Keep it up!

    Come visit IN again soon, OK?


  4. dave Says:
    September 18th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    We’ve watched Hayden grow up over the years and i always thought she looked great at every age.She’s
    grown up into a beauty who SHOULD have no issues with her looks.These tabloids will rip into ANY BODY they feel like.Do these idiots look into their own mirrors and see perfection??

  5. Kyle Says:
    September 18th, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Dont worry Hayden, I would still date you. xD

  6. Saskwatch Says:
    September 18th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Certain celebs, like conservative politions, especially female politicians, who get taunted like this have a truer understanding about the media and their feeble attemps at swaying opinion of the stoopid. They are to be ignored by the intelligent and worshipped by the intellectually challanged.


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