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Fans Are Pouring Their Love And Appreciation For Camila Mendes After Revealing She Suffered From An Eating Disorder

Last weekend, Project HEAL held their third annual Bay Area Gala. Founded in 2008, Project HEAL is a non-profit organization that provides funding for treatment to those struggling with eating disorders and promotes positive body image.

Amongst those who attended and spoke at the gala was “Riverdale” star Camila Mendes. Prior to speaking at the event, the Brazilian-American actress revealed her personal experience with eating disorders, which lead her to support the non-profit.

Here is what Mendes shared on her Instagram page a day before Project HEAL’s gala:


In response, many fans thanked Mendes for speaking out about an illness that gets very little attention.


There was a huge outpour of love and appreciation towards Mendes not only from people currently dealing with eating disorders, but from those who have been able to overcome them.

Thank you, Camila, for putting your “Riverdale” star power to good use. ???

If you are struggling with an eating disorder and are in need of support, please call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. 

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“Riverdale” Star Camila Mendes Shares the Routine She Uses for Beautiful Skin

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“Riverdale” Star Camila Mendes Shares the Routine She Uses for Beautiful Skin

Every once in a while, we all suffer the pains of an acne breakout. Still, it was only just years ago that we were led to believe that only “normal” people got pimples. Never the heroes and icons we looked up to. In our age of Instagram connectedness, however, celebrities and public faces of note are getting real and letting us know that the opposite true. “Riverdale” actress Camila Mendes is no exception. In a recent post to her Instagram, story, the star posted a good-natured selfie on her Instagram poking fun at these moments of less than perfect skin.

Mendes got honest and funny about pimple woes in a recent story that garnered thousands of views on Instagram.

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Captioned “Why use photoshop when you can find creative ways of hiding your pimple,” the pic shows the Riverdale star covering her forehead using her hand and bangs.

While it’s great to see her maintain a sense of humor though breakouts, we also learned how Mendes keeps up her usually flawless complexion. In a recent interview about her skin, the actress shared what keeps her looking lovely after wearing all of that makeup on set. For the young actress, a stacked skincare regimen and regular treatments are what keep her blemish free. “When I’m filming a lot I try to get [facials] once every two weeks because I wear so much makeup on set and it’s just getting caked on,” Mendes explained.

Besides facials, Mendes also uses microdermabrasion to address all the built-up debris caused by her makeup. “I do it to just kind of exfoliate and then I can see all the makeup that’s been stuck into my pores. So that helps a lot!”

Fortunately, especially if bi-monthly facials are outside of your budget, Camila Mendes shared her favorite must-have skin products as well. Check them out below. 

1. Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash

Origins #1 cleanser, this face wash is perfect whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin. This face wash is certified ‘Clean at Sephora,’ meaning it’s free of unwanted junk like parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. The refreshing blend of mint, bergamot, lavender, and geranium oils will make you feel revitalized in body and mind.

The Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash is available at Origins, Sephora, Ulta Beauty, and Macy’s for $23.50.

2. Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner

This toner mixes the natural astringent power of rosewater with the soothing qualities of aloe vera into a light formula that clears out leftover dirt. The rose essential oil will leave you with a lingering floral scent. Like all Burt’s Bees products, this toner is natural and gentle enough for everyday use.

Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner is available through Amazon, Walgreens, and Walmart for $10.95.

3. Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm

Clear up those pesky under eye bags with this soothing eye balm. Made from natural goat’s milk proteins, manuka honey, and plant stem cell complex, this serum smooths and reduces puffiness, crow’s feet, and dark circles. It can even be used over makeup for a quick midday pick-me-up.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm is available at Sephora and Ulta Beauty for $38.

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Camila Mendes Wants Us To Talk Openly About Our Mental Health And Self-Image Struggles On Social Media

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Camila Mendes Wants Us To Talk Openly About Our Mental Health And Self-Image Struggles On Social Media

If you have yet to see “Riverdale,” the CW’s spooky modern take on the characters from Archie Comics as they navigate small-town life, you might want to ask yourself what you’re waiting for. If for no other reason, then you need to be watching star-on-the-rise Camila Mendes.

The Brazilian-American actress plays Veronica Lodge, one-half of Archie’s love interests (the other being Betty, of course). Not only has she captured audiences with her portrayal of the iconic character but she’s also gained fans for her honesty about her struggles with bulimia — and recently, she’s been opening up about why she has chosen to be up-front about her bulimia on social media.

The “Riverdale” star appears on the cover of SHAPE magazine’s November issue.

In her latest interview the actress behind the beloved Archie Comics character Veronica opens up about her struggles with bulimia during high school, college, and when she first came to Hollywood — as well as her emotional relationship with food.

“I’ve struggled with bulimia. It happened a little bit in high school and again when I was in college. Then it came back when I started working in this industry with fittings all the time and watching myself on camera,” she explained in the interview “I had such an emotional relationship with food and anxiety about everything I put into my body. I was so scared of carbs that I wouldn’t let myself eat bread or rice ever. I’d go a week without eating them, then I would binge on them, and that would make me want to purge. If I ate a sweet, I would be like, Oh my God, I’m not going to eat for five hours now. I was always punishing myself. I was even anxious about healthy food: Did I eat too much of the avocado? Did I have too many fats for one day? I was consumed with the details of what I was eating, and I always felt as if I was doing something wrong.”

Even despite her struggles with food, the star is working hard to be an inspiration for others struggling with eating disorders.

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When did being thin become more important than being healthy? I recently went to a naturopath for the first time in my life. I told her about my anxiety around food and my obsession with dieting. She phrased a pivotal question in such a way that struck a chord with me: what other things could you be thinking about if you didn't spend all your time thinking about your diet? I suddenly remembered all the activities I love that used to occupy my time. At some point in my life, I allowed my obsession with being thin to consume me, and I refused to make room in my mind for any other concerns. Somehow I had stripped myself of all the pastimes that brought me joy, and all that was left of me was my anxiety around food. My passion for education, cinema, music, etc. — all the interests that used to occupy my mind — had been eaten away by my desire to be thin, and it made me miserable. I'm done believing in the idea that there's a thinner, happier version of me on the other side of all the tireless effort. Your body type is subject to genetics, and while eating nutrient-dense foods and exercising regularly will make you healthier, it will not necessarily make you thinner, and the current system fails to make that distinction. I’m sick of the toxic narrative that the media consistently feeds us: that being thin is the ideal body type. A healthy body is the ideal body type, and that will look different for every person. I’m #donewithdieting – join me in this movement and share your story!

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Earlier this year, she created the hashtag campaign #DoneWithDieting and is encouraging others to join this movement to end dieting culture and the toxic media narrative around body ideals. “A healthy body is the ideal body type, and that will look different for every person,” she wrote in an Instagram post in February 2018.

“It just felt so necessary for me to speak about those things,” she said. “I realized that I have this platform, and young women and men who look up to me, and there is a tremendous power to do something positive with it. It was definitely a very vulnerable thing to put that out there to almost 12 million people on social media. But that’s who I am. That’s me being authentically myself.”

Arguably,  Mendes’ honesty about her health and struggles with it are what have earned her the loyal fanbase that follows her.

After speaking up this week again about the negative thoughts that plague her when it comes to body image and mental illness, her online followers reacted with praise and positivity.

Fans are definitely reacting to her authenticity, whether she’s calling out Hollywood for perpetuating Latinx stereotypes or talking openly about her mental illness.

Comments on her Instagram post revealing the SHAPE cover include an outpouring of fan love, such as “Your so beautiful don’t let anyone tell you different ????” and “You are beautiful, I love you very much, I’m already loving the riverdale season. I really love you.”

Mostly, Mendes’ followers just super grateful for her honesty.

Her words and the reactions of her fans are an example of just how much voices like hers are needed in order to move the conversation of self-acceptance.

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