Camila Mendes is proud of her body and stands by her message of body positivity.
The Riverdale star, 23, was candid about the recent photoshopping incident concerning two covers for Cosmopolitan’s Philippines edition in which she and costar Lili Reinhart were made to look thinner than they were.
The actress spoke to PEOPLE at the Paley Center for Media’s 35th Annual PaleyFest at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday and said she was “very insulted.”
“I think Lili and I were the most shocked — we were the most shocked about the fact that they would [do that] knowing how much we speak about body positivity to our fans, and how much we love to talk about that,” Mendes said.
“That they would then manipulate our bodies when we are literally preaching body positivity is so personally insulting, and it’s also insulting to the readers,” she continued. “You’re spreading a false message about what people look like, you know? If my waist was that slim then great, do whatever you want, but it’s not!”
She added, “And I’m so happy with the way that I am and I don’t think that was necessary. It’s never necessary to change your body. People know what I look like, I take photos on my own and I don’t edit them so people know. Stop trying to lie to people, you know?”
Reinhart previously called out the magazine on her Instagram Stories earlier this month.
The actress revealed she’d had a breakthrough after speaking to a naturopath about her “anxiety” about food and an “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,” Mendes wrote on Instagram. “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.”
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,” she said. “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.”
Mendes added there’s a false idea that “being thin is the ideal body type.”
“A healthy body is the ideal body type, and that will look different for every person,” she wrote. “I’m #donewithdieting.”