Millie Bobby Brown turned 18 years outdated on Feb. 19, 2022. Like Emma Watson, Natalie Portman, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and numerous different ladies who’ve been within the public eye since they have been kids, Brown’s 18th birthday marked an unlucky turning level in the best way she’s regarded by the “press and social media.” Throughout a latest interview with Deborah Frances-White on the “Responsible Feminist” podcast, Brown commented on the sharp enhance in hypersexualization she’s skilled since coming of age.
“I cope with the identical issues any 18 yr outdated is coping with: navigating being an grownup and having relationships and friendships,” she stated. “It is all of these issues — being appreciated and making an attempt to slot in. You are looking for your self whereas doing that. The one distinction is I am doing that within the public eye. So it may be actually overwhelming.”
“I am undoubtedly seeing a distinction between the best way individuals act and the best way the press and social media have reacted to me coming of age.”
For some youngsters, thrusting themselves into that public eye is a aware selection that may be mediated by the quantity of images they select to share — or not share — on websites like Instagram. For Brown, who has been performing since she was 9, having each main and minor second of her life pressed below a magnifying glass is much less of a aware resolution.
“I’ve undoubtedly been coping with [that scrutiny] extra throughout the final two weeks of turning 18,” she stated about being objectified by the general public. “I am undoubtedly seeing a distinction between the best way individuals act and the best way the press and social media have reacted to me coming of age. In my life and for my part, I consider that should not change something, nevertheless it’s gross and it is true. I believe it is simply an excellent illustration of what is going on on on the earth and the way younger women are sexualized. So I’ve been coping with that, however [I’ve also] been coping with that for ceaselessly.”
Later within the podcast episode, the “Enola Holmes” star recalled turning 16 and being excited to put on a barely lower-cut costume to an award present, solely to be closely judged by the media for her selection in outfit. “I believed, ‘My, is that this actually what we’re speaking about? We must be speaking in regards to the unimaginable individuals on the award present, the expertise that was there, the those who we’re representing,” she stated.
In an Instagram submit shared on her sixteenth birthday, Brown detailed related frustration over being sexualized and cyberbullied. “the previous few years have not been straightforward, I am going to admit that,” she wrote. “there are moments i get annoyed from the inaccuracy, inappropriate feedback, sexualization, and pointless insults that finally have resulted in ache and insecurity for me. however not ever will i be defeated. unwell proceed doing what i like and spreading the message with the intention to make change.”