Hayden Panettiere: Tabloid Gave Her Body Issues

By: Amanda Crum - September 18, 2012

Hayden Panettiere has been in the spotlight for a long time; as a child actress who’s grown up onscreen, she’s been more susceptible to scrutiny than many older celebrities, simply because she went through awkward body phases like we all do in our younger years. So when a tabloid headline screamed “Cellulite!” above a picture of her, the then-16-year old began going through some rough body image issues.

The “Nashville” star, now 23, says that stressing over her appearance gave her body dysmorphia, a condition which can make the sufferer falsely believe they are ugly or fat–the person will sometimes focus on one specific part of their body–and can often lead to anorexia or bulimia.

Luckily, Hayden was able to move past the media scrutiny and focus on what made her feel good.

“I was mortified,” she said of the magazine. “It gave me such body dysmorphia for so long. But I remember reminding myself that beauty is an opinion, not a fact. And it has always made me feel better.”

Panettiere is in the newest issue of Women’s Health Magazine and is gearing up for the first season of her highly-anticipated show, “Nashville”, which also stars “American Horror Story” actress Connie Briton. She says that the older she gets, the more she realizes what is important about the way she views herself, and the way others view her.

“As I’ve gotten older and grown into my body, I’ve started realizing that the way you carry yourself and that light coming out of your eyes are the most attractive things about you.”

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Amanda CrumAmanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum

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  • Nila

    You are beautiful just the way you are! I am so glad to hear you realize that! Please always be true to yourself!

  • Mike

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

  • Carol

    I love the statement that beauty is “just an opinion”. Hayden is lovely, for her outward and inward beauty. I am a fan – the girl’s got class!

  • Chris Struk

    Hayden is not the least big fat or have cellulite. There are other people who need to worry about their weight and Hayden is not one of them. Not just the “fat” ones like Rosie O’Donnel, but the scary skinny ones like Lindsay Lohan. I worry about Ms. Lohan because she is so skinny that I worry about her getting sick because of it because there is a such thing as being too skinny. Shoot, if I ever had a chance to get with Hayden, I would not just because she is beautiful, but because she has a kind heart. I agree with her statement about beauty being on the inside; that is all that really matters. But, I know someone like me wouldn’t be able to get with someone like her because she is famous and beautiful and I’m ugly and unimportant.

  • bobby

    Beautiful AND smart! :)

  • James Cavanagh

    I think she is stunning, the haters are all just jealous, of a beautiful and very successfull young woman. :-)