In 2003, Evan Rachel Wood was one of many young actresses to appear on an iconic "Young Hollywood" Vanity Fair cover.
The shoot included popular teens like Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, and the Olsen Twins having fun while dressed up in feminine silhouettes and pale pinks. However, the experienced proved not as sweet as it may look for Evan Rachel Wood.
After a Twitter user posted the iconic image with the words "NEVER FORGET" attached, Wood, 27, spoke out about how uncomfortable Vanity Fair made her feel at such a young age. She used her Twitter to provide many instances that can make a Hollywood teen appear much more like a doll to be placed and told what to do than someone with a choice.
From uncomfortable clothes, shoes, and orders, Wood explains how the experience made her feel "like meat," especially as she was only 15 at the time.
Without a voice on the shoot, Wood recalls feeling the extreme pressure of keeping quiet, doing what she was told without question, and losing a sense of identity. The cover portrayed "girly-girls" that emulated pop idols such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, when Wood looked up to bolder icons like Alanis Morissette.
Wood said on Twitter that she "was almost in tears after this shoot. They tried that dress on me, I wasnt comfortable but they told me there was no time cause everyone else took up too much time with their fittings. Then I was given a choice on whether I wanted to wear flats or heels. I chose flats and was immediately handed heels and told they looked better. Then we were all lined up, stared at and approved. I was 15 and felt for the first time my identity being erased and the pressure to shut up and do what you are told. I felt like meat. Since then, I have found my voice. Never again."
Wood brings up this situation at an appropriate time as young females in the spotlight have been scrutinized excessively as of late. By sharing her appalling experience, Wood wants to be a voice for younger women who may very well find themselves in similar situations.
"I only want to encourage other young girls to stay true to who they are. No matter what. Hold on to your self," Woods said.
Now, Vanity Fair is not necessarily the "bad guy" as Wood has explained that she has done shoots with them since and they have been "lovely" experiences.
"I think when you are young and inexperienced and shy you can be bullied more. I learned to say no."
Wood has gone on to have a successful career by appearing in films such as Across the Universe and The Wrestler while also landing a wicked role in the HBO hit, True Blood.
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