Kristin Cavallari expressed her concerns about raising children during the age of social media.
The Laguna Beach alum, who shares three children with her ex-husband Jay Cutler, appeared this week on Marie Claire’s She Pivots podcast with host Emily Tisch Sussman. She shared that she worries that her kids — and especially her daughter James, 6 — will be subjected to unrealistic body expectations from the images they see on social media.
Sharing that she was once “scary skinny” but “didn’t realize it” at the time, Cavallari explained, “I don't think being super thin is healthy or good look, and I have a daughter.”
She pointed out that it’s now “so difficult” with girls and young women especially who are “looking to Hollywood and the celebrities and Instagram” for ideas of how they should look.
“[There are] all these apps now, you can change your face, you can change your body, nothing is real that we see on the internet,” The Hills star said. “And I just think that it's important to remind these young kids that you know, you can't, you're chasing something that's unrealistic.”
In a recent interview with Insider, the Uncommon James founder also expressed her desire to make sure her children grow up with a healthy body image.
"I have a daughter and I think it's very difficult now for everybody, but especially girls growing up and looking at social media. This idea of body image is just so warped," she explained. "And I just worry about these young girls and so I think it just needs to be a bigger conversation about being OK gaining weight and not focusing on a number on the scale."
Cavallari has celebrated her own body recently as well: Earlier this summer, she opened up in an Instagram post about how she was working hard with a personal trainer to put on muscle weight after getting too thin from stress.
"I am 35, I'm a mom to three kids," Cavallari wrote in her post. "That doesn't mean that I can't show off my body and be proud of it. I've gained a lot of muscle weight. I work really hard on my body and I think that's something to celebrate, not something to be ashamed of."
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