Tallulah Willis on people making fun of her face ‘It was so painful’

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The other day I saw a meme on Reddit that read “I’m so glad I grew up in the 80s and 90s. I said and did so much stupid sh*t, and there’s no record of it anywhere.” That’s what usually comes to mind when I see a story about the younger Willis girls, Tallulah, 20, or Scout, 23. I thought Tallulah was the one who was protesting Instagram’s no-nipple policy by going topless, but that was Scout. I get those two confused. Scout was also the one who was caught drinking underage.

I guess we haven’t talked about Tallulah much, but we are now because she has taken part in the What’s Underneath Project by Style Like U. The project features women stripping down to their underwear to “honor how style is not the clothes you wear, it is comfort in your skin, it is your spirit, it is What’s Underneath.” The most recent episode features a fashion designer named Rachel Fleit who has alopecia and has been bald since she was a child. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her video, she’s funny and her interview was deep. Some of the things she said about not accepting herself and about learning to feel comfortable in her skin really touched me.

In Tallulah’s What’s Underneath interview, she talked about self esteem and about suffering from an eating disorder. She said she was diagnosed with body dysmorphia “with reading those stupid f–king tabloids when I was like 13 and feeling like I was ugly, like always.

Tallulah was very matter-of-fact and outspoken. At first I thought she was babbling, but overall she made sense and I found myself coming around on her. (It’s NSFW as there are F-bombs.) Tallulah said that she dressed provocatively when she was younger and that she starved herself to feel better about her image. She also said that she felt inadequate because she didn’t have a talent like so many of her peers. She’s only 20! E! did a nice job of transcribing what she said:

The 20-year-old admitted that she was diagnosed with an eating disorder and had trouble living her life in the public eye due to her famous parents.

“I struggled a lot when I was younger. Like I’m diagnosed with body dysmorphia with reading those stupid f–king tabloids when I was like 13 and feeling like I was ugly, like always. I believed the strangers more than the people that loved me because why would the people who loved me be honest?”

For every question that the green-haired fashionista answered, she was asked to remove an article of clothing (of her choosing) while on camera.

“That made me start to dress showing off my boobs and my butt and showing off those things that I was getting attention for…It took me until like a year ago and I remember specifically one day outing on a button-up and buttoning it all the way up to my neck and putting on pants that weren’t tight. And feeling so beautiful and the fact that all the attention was on my face was so scary for me because I always wanted to distract people. I felt like I was trapped in this body and I hated that I was sexy. ”
Willis continued, “I started starving myself and losing a bunch of weight and I got down to like 95 pounds. When I lost my curves and when my boobs shriveled up into like nothing and I had no shape…It put me in even more of a cage.”

[From E! Online]

I feel for Tallulah for having an eating disorder and for having to find her place in the world while under so much scrutiny. Honestly it was hard for me to relate to most of what she said. I’m double her age and I’m so far removed from this stage. I’m sure I sounded just like this when I was 20, though. You know, I take back what I wrote in the intro. Now that I’m much older, I would love to see a video of myself talking about life and self esteem at 20 years old. I just wouldn’t want it to be on the Internet.

One thing Tallulah said which got to me was that she was most insecure about her face. She said “That’s where my diagnosis came into play. I would see these things on the Internet and I would be like ‘why would someone write that if there wasn’t some basis for truth there?’ Ok cool, I have a good body and that’s attractive to people… so they just want this [gestures to body] and they’re going to ignore this [gestures to face]… It was so painful, like rippling painful… it’s pretty much plagued me since I was 13.

There are going to be people who bash Tallulah still, but I give her so much credit for admitting this, and for participating in this project. She’s not Scout, I know that now.

Here’s a link to the video. Her shoes! Maybe they’re comfortable.

Tallulah Willis Grabbing An Iced Coffee

Tallulah Willis Enjoys A Cigarette In NYC

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  1. Kiddo says:

    There is truth in what she writes about the public statements and her personal perception of appearance, but I think that parenting plays a huge role. Her mother had a ton of plastic surgery, she likely had/has her own body issues, and that can have an enormous impact on little girls.

    • mata says:

      I had forgotten about all of Demi’s plastic surgery. Yes, I’m sure that planted a few seeds of insecurity.

    • mytbean says:

      ITA 100%

      Magazines can’t do much to your self esteem if your mother believed in her own beauty and taught you to see it in yourself as well.

      Not everyone is impacted in the same way by media and I think that the insecurity is home grown. If a girl’s mother complains about her body or face then it is inevitable that when the girl grows and matures enough to see the resemblance to her mother she’s going to be unhappy with that because of the dissatisfaction her mother felt with the same physical characteristics.

      • SamiHami says:

        I think you are absolutely right. I grew up with an anorexic mother. Having a mom with such severe body image issues definitely had an impact on me.

    • hmmm says:

      Yes. If her parents had instilled eternal values, she would not have such a rough time. Instead, she had Demi’s shallow example as a template. How does one transcend that without guidance?

      • homegrrrl says:

        Half these celebrity kiddos think they will grow up to be celebudolls, model ready. The truth is that it’s a genetic crap shoot, without the plastic surgery, and not everyone is cut out to be photo perfect. When they get the heavy boot from the media, I’m sure it’s a double whammy, rejection plus shattered delusions. I think these kids need a reality check and perhaps are not all cut out to be the next glamazons, so what? They have advantages in an industry that could be creative and profitable- why don’t these kids think of going -behind- the camera?

      • Jules says:

        And Bruce is known for his deep thinking? Look at all of the women he’s been with. 99% had huge implants at least. He likes them as superficial as he is. He didn’t help his daughters ‘transcend’ anymore than Demi did.

      • sdlove says:

        yes, but the tabloids were making comments about these girls as they grew up-when they were young teens, before they were trying to be in the public eye. and actually, the two younger one were mainly off the radar for a long time, even as they got older. But we saw pics of them as they were teens, due to ashton and demi in the media. I feel for her/them in that regard. Even before these celeb kids in general are trying to model or replicate their parents’ careers, the media is picking them apart, simply for being photographed out and about with their parents. So to read scathing remarks about your physical looks, while you are still growing and not intentionally in the public eye, has to have an impact.

    • Maria says:

      sure, but tabloids going after kids and teenies is a way bigger problem. you are basically shamed in front of the whole world.

      • Elle Kaye says:

        I agree, Maria. And as she said, total strangers were saying she was ugly. She was getting support from her parents, she said that, but she also said that she expected them to say she was attractive…they were her family. I have seen comments that adults have made about young adults and teenagers on some of these stories, and they are cruel. Those remarks can have effects. Women are judged if they are beautiful, and they are judged if they are not. What kind of message are we sending??

      • Kiddo says:

        It’s not a way bigger problem. They are both big problems, but what hits closest to home, hits closest to home. Children, in particular little girls, mimic what their mothers do, not what they say. If you constantly go on diets, lose an enormous amount of weight, or say that you are fat, or are worried about your appearance, and then you change it with plastic surgery, wear sexy outfits for attention, etc. that speaks louder than trying to reassure your daughter by telling her that she is pretty. It becomes a case of do as I say, not as I do. And that simply isn’t effective.

        I’m not denying the cruelty, and it should cease, mostly I think it was a blogger and commenter issue versus the mainstream tabloids when it happened to Demi’s kids. But these days, you don’t even have to be famous to be bombarded with the same thing because the proliferation and popularity of social media, which can all encompassing for kids, may present a facsimile of that very situation for ordinary kids.

      • Elle Kaye says:

        @Kiddo,

        Everyone knows that Demi Moore has issue with how she looks. Not unlike many Hollywood types, she is chasing after youth. Her daughters have to cope with this, not unlike any child who must deal with a parent who has issues. Some will mimic the behavior, and some will revolt against it. But the outside world telling them they are ugly? Comparing them to their mother? Adults attacking them? That is a different level of cruelty and I cannot even imagine how difficult that must have been.

        Billy Joel’s daughter was always attacked because she favored her father and not her mother, Christie Brinkley. She finally had plastic surgery….after a suicide attempt.

        We don’t know what goes on in the household of a child, so it is imperative that we try, at the very least, to protect them from these attacks from their peers and other strangers when we can.

    • Gea says:

      I believe that we all went or going troughs the same thing that she is talking about Her fame doesn’t ensure her of special protections and treatments. Maybe her problems are close to home, being a child of good looking and famous parents it sound normal to be expected that she will turn good looking to. And she did, I think she is pretty young lady, she just have to find her mirror and her own identity . It doesn’t hurt that she have a really good trust fund so she can take as much as time as she wants to. People bashing people, insecure bullies will always exist, on the end it counts how much she will let those losers to affect her life. She is still learning ….

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      That’s what I wanted to say as well. Growing up with a mother who seems to be totally obsessed with her appearance can be detrimental to the self-esteem of young girls. I honestly don’t believe that the Willis girls are ugly. There are many kinds of beauty, sometimes that beauty is bought – plastic surgeries, make-up, but self-confidence is priceless.

    • andypandy says:

      My Mom is very pretty , I am not ( I clean up ok I guess) people would have this surprised look on their faces when either of us introduced the other as my Mom /daughter.My Dad bless his heart was always telling me how smart and pretty I was (was a straight A student ) but you know what kids will believe what they want to believe .My mother never had any plastic surgery or eating disorders and was effortlessly beautiful but I think at some level she was disappointed that her kids were not as stunning as she was. I saying all this to say I cannot imagine going through what I went through in the public eye like this that would have been brutal
      So Yeh I feel for these kids it can happen

      P.S Even though Demi had a lot of plastic surgery her original palette (to me at least )was still beautiful

    • John Wayne Lives says:

      @kiddo 100%

  2. Loopy says:

    Trolls are terrible especially for young celebrities, there should be a line to what people say. But what is more alarming is when actual bloggers the likes of Perez Hilton make horrible fun of people, he used go really hard on the Willis girls, Miley and i think he even made fun of Adam Sandlers BABY. Haven’t been to his site in years though i did see him once on Ellen saying he will change.

    • Ellie66 says:

      Oh man he was mean to some and kissed ass to others (Gaga) then he apologized for being a bully and his website sucked after that. I’m not even sure if its still around?

      • eliza says:

        He only apologized because he started losing commenters by the 100′s every day with his nasty drawings and constant need to “Out” celebrities who may or may not have been gay. He later claimed that becoming a parent softened him and made him “see the light” but I don’t buy it.

        The site still exists but I do not believe it gets a fraction of the traffic it once did and he is no longer invited on many radio or talk shows as the go-to gossip guy. He screwed up his career royally with his immaturity and nastiness.

        He and Gaga have since fallen out. Lol.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Sadly, I heard him today on Carson Daly’s radio show on AMP radio. He does the entertainment segments. Sigh. He needs to go away!

    • Lori says:

      When I first started reading celeb gossip on the internet I was reading Perez. I had always read the tabloid magazines that my mom and grandma brought home from the grocery store. So when Perez took off it was the only blog I was reading for gossip. He was brutal to those willis girls. BRUTAL. And they weren’t even trying to be famous at the time. They were just teens. Rumour he was the worst too, he used to call her potato head for F&^% sakes. and she was a teen. I stopped reading him a long time ago. I think a lot of people just troll his site now to post in the comments mean things about him. And honestly after the way he acted for years. He deserves it.

      • NYer says:

        I remember that. You’d think someone with his own body issues would be a little more empathetic towards others.

      • ctkat1 says:

        I remember that too- his site made me so uncomfortable, but for a period in, oh…2004? 2005?…it seemed like he was THE gossip site, and since I loved gossip, I read it every single day. He was BRUTAL to celebrity kids, and especially to the Willis girls, who were young teens/young girls and just starting to attend a few events with their parents and Ashton.
        It reminded me of when Bill Clinton was elected- grown adults were so, so mean about Chelsea Clinton’s looks. I am a year older than Chelsea and I knew that if people were saying those things about me at5 age 13, I’d be devastated. A boy in 7th grade once called me fat (I was not fat, though I believed that I was) and I cried in the bathroom for an hour, so I can’t even imagine having that broadcasted to the world.

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m really glad his gossip star has fallen so far. He was such an a-hole to many people.
      That age is tough for most kids, I can’t imagine having public scrutiny on you like that too.

  3. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Yeah I’m so not surprised and it’s because of stories like this that I don’t criticize people’s appearance (unless it’s paid for).

    People were SO damn harsh on these two girls and I can see how that would destroy a person. It’s easy to say that they should just deal with it and that they live a charmed life, but eating disorders don’t discriminate–doesn’t matter if you’re rich and privileged.

    I feel for her, I really do.

    • V4Real says:

      I always thought she was cute.

      On a different note I just read on CDAN (take with a grain of salt) that Bruce just checked Tallulah into rehab for cocaine and alcohol abuse. It was reported that her sister Scout was the one who reported her to their father.

    • kri says:

      She is very young, and I admire her honesty. Having an ED since I was ten, and having it haunt me still, you really do think things like’Of course the people who love me tell me I’m pretty/thin, but why would I believe them? They have to say that”. That was part of my thinking also. Like any other addiction (I believe ED’s are a form of addiction) you have to be the one to stop yourself. All the support won’t help if you aren’t ready. I cannot fathom what she went through as the daughter of famous parents. I wish her well.

    • Liv says:

      Absolutely agree. But not only the two of them, the three of them were criticised pretty harsh. I remember reading about Rumor being called potato head or something and I thought how devastating that must have been. If I was them I’d definitely be influenced by it, especially in puberty.

  4. mata says:

    Now that I’ve heard her speak, I don’t dislike her as much as I dislike her sisters. I’m wondering what she heard or read, though. As much as I can remember, Talleulah is the one that I’ve never heard “hit with the ugly stick” comments about. It seems like Rumor and Scout are the ones that have dealt with that much more. I guess if you’re 13, it would only take one or two comments to develop an insecurity.

  5. Juanita says:

    She is pretty but she uglifies herself with hair and clothes choices.

    • thinkaboutit says:

      Lol wow, way to miss the point. She’s not asking for your validation anymore.

      • kri says:

        @juanita, I hope you just came off sounding wrong, and your comment was just badly worded. Her point here is that “pretty” is nice, but that word was used to torment her as a young girl. I think she may be trying to take “pretty” out of her narrative now. The way she chooses to style herself is exactly that-her choice.

  6. Ellie66 says:

    She the youngest? They are all pretty girls just not Hollywood Stepford looking (good for them) we all have are icky dorky stage. I was chubs and wore glasses in school. But we all bloom at some point. I’ve seen beautiful girls at age 14 but by 17 not so much.

  7. Sanderspane says:

    Every person is uniquely beautiful. Those who can’t see this are ugly within. With plastic surgery people seem to want cookie-cutter looks. The beauty of their souls gets lost this way. I see something uniquely lovely in all three of those girls.

  8. AG-UK says:

    What’s wrong with her face? She looks cute to me but we all see ourselves different from what others do and it doesn’t help reading about it all the time.

  9. Talie says:

    Yeah, those girls have been through it with all the jabs about their face. I think they all read Perez Hilton too much, including Demi and Ashton. It became crazy toxic.

  10. GiGi says:

    I get what she’s saying… but I’m sooo distracted by all the “likes”. I talked like that in HS until a teacher said to me, “You just said ‘like” 20 times while you were talking.” It was an eye opener!

    Aside from that – I love her shoes! I have a pair of Tod’s that I live in.

    • An says:

      Exactly! It really took away from what she was saying. Expand your vocabulary!

    • lucy2 says:

      Zooey Deschanel was like (oops) that on an interview I heard too. It was very distracting.

      • Reece says:

        Ahh but your “like” lucy2 is worthy because it is working as a simile and like not just like being some like filler.

        I have to say, that and the bra, as she kept pulling on it, was distracting me too. But that’s entirely me.
        I know I’m supposed to be deep atm but I have fairly large breasts and I obsess over bras. I was watching it thinking she needs better support garments.

    • CM says:

      +10000. I had a teacher do something similar for me, and nearly 20 years later, it’s still making me a better speaker and writer.

    • Lex says:

      It’s a terrible habit me and all my friends have. We dont even notice we are doing it. Ive become aware and am trying hard to stop and want to point it out to my friends but worry they’ll think im being too controlling or mean. It is painful to listen to and makes us sound so unintelligent

  11. AlmondJoy says:

    I can’t imagine going through my awkward teenage years in the public eye. I really do feel for the Willis sisters.

    • Chris says:

      Exactly my feeling….when I think of myself at, say, 16, and how I constantly found fault with my (perfectly fine) appearance, I at least had no other levels of opinion to deal with…strangers on screens making disparanging remarks, magazines exposing what I felt insecure about. I wouldn’t be a modern teen for any money.
      This post did remind me of an old Vanity Fair interview with noted brainiac Courtney Love, on plastic surgery. She earnestly rammed home the point that buying herself a slim and prettier nose was in fact a gift for any future daughter to inherit, in that she’d be spared the misery of name-calling over a big nose. Ermmmm….

  12. Stef Leppard says:

    I always thought she was the most attractive of the Willis sisters. I always felt bad for them because their mother was/is so beautiful, and so they were always compared to her. See also: Alexa Joel.

    • Adrien says:

      Ireland Baldwin is really pretty and she has an intimidating height and a nice figure but I cannot help but compare her to her beautiful mother. She should try another route and not be a bombshell like her Mom since she has zero sex appeal. Well, she’s young, things could change. She really has potential.

      • Talie says:

        Ireland is the opposite of these girls… she did live up to her mother’s genetic legacy. It’s much, much harder when you don’t. That goes for the guys too.

  13. eliza says:

    I agree with those that have said that Moore’s own obsession and insecurities throughout the years are in part responsible for shaping her daughter’s self esteem issues more so than the vile internet crap, and perhaps this daughter does not realize that or is willing to publicly admit it.

    Whatever the case, it is sad. People are cruel. I still can recall what grade and the kids who made fun of my looks all these years later. As an adult it all seems silly now but as a kid it is very hurtful and scarring to your self esteem. It took me a lot of years in my late teens until my early thirties to be happy with myself. The words of a few when you are young can really be damaging.

  14. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I think what our society does to children of famous people is shameful – commenting that they aren’t as pretty as their famous parents, pointing out every shortcoming, etc. Even when babies are on a thread, there will be one or two “I’m sorry, he/she is just not cute” comments. The parents chose this life, but the kids didn’t, and I can see how it would be crushing. When I was 15, my boyfriend broke up with me to date another girl. I asked a guy friend of mine why he thought it happened, and he shrugged and said “she’s prettier than you are.” That damaged my self image for years, and warped my teenage perception of what was lovable. It was stupid of me, but I was too young to shrug it off. I can’t imagine seeing all those negative comments from strangers about your looks.

    I also agree with Kiddo that having a mother who cared so much about her appearance would just reinforce the belief that attractive = lovable.

    • Kiddo says:

      There are times when I don’t see a problem with commenting on the difference between the parents and children, especially if they insist that they have gotten where they are, not because of their parents, while it’s obvious that that is the case, or if they are desperately trying to capture the essence of their parents in order to be famous, AND they are adults.

      I don’t think these children were looking for fame early on, I think it was basically nasty comments on pap shots, not that they were attempting publicity on their own.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I only mean comments like “wow she didn’t get her mother’s good looks – she’s ugly” – just mean comments about their appearance.

      • mayamae says:

        Sometimes it’s difficult drawing the line at what I will criticize. Rumer has chosen to be a model/actor, so I feel she’s fair game. Privately I say all kinds of horrible things, but try to be a little kinder in print. I personally don’t have a problem with commenting on a model’s body. I once commented that I did not like a model’s “heroin chic” look, and got accused of body shaming.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I agree that if you make your living primarily with your looks, you’re pretty fair game. I’ve made comments about adult’s bodies. Just not kids who happen to have famous parents. I think that’s off limits.

        I know what you mean about the little “body shaming” brigade. I commented that Goop needed to wear a bra once and I was an anti-feminist troll who should be cast out into the darkness forever. Whatever.

  15. Luca26 says:

    This is the one that went to college right? You can tell. I definitely think growing up with someone as youth and beauty obsessed as Demi as a parent wouldn’t help with these issues.

    • Dingo says:

      No the one that went to Brown was Scout.

    • Em says:

      I don’t think that was her. And you CAN tell.

    • Luca26 says:

      Oh my mistake. Anyway I was thinking at least she’s talking about something a bit deeper than lipgloss and nepotism even if it’s poorly written.

    • Kim1 says:

      No she hasn’t gone to college. I always remembered the middle one went to college.
      It is easy to say don’t read the tabloids.It wasn’t the tabloids calling them ugly.These kids are being called ugly on FB ,IG,twitter,etc.
      Maddox Jolie Pitt turned 13 yesterday I wonder how he can avoid the vile things written about him and his siblings. It will be even worse when North and Blue Ivy become teens.
      Yes I know non celebrity kids deal with these BS too.

  16. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    She looks a little like Fairuza Balk

    • mayamae says:

      They have those same intense eyes. Even when Tallulah was a very little girl, her eyes were strangely intimidating.

  17. Quinn says:

    It’s sad that our pop culture world emphasizes and appreciates the things we cannot control (youth, looks…) and hardly values those we can (our characters, kindness, honesty…)
    Our looks are a complete accident OR fakery…and yet, women are primarily valued for these things. Men can be successful and unattractive, and beautiful women will still date them. This rarely happens for women. It’s a horrible inequity and leads women to feel lesser than they truly are. I just makes me sick that we fall for it. :(

    • Elle Kaye says:

      But a beautiful woman is often judged at first site as a gold-digger, cold, heartless, empti-headed, or any other descriptor, simply because of the way she looks. It doesn’t matter what she is like on the inside. You even make the comment that, “Men can be successful and unattractive, and beautiful women will still date them.”

      What is wrong with a successful unattractive man if he is a good, kind, decent man? That is what makes a person atrractive to me. Maybe that beautiful woman appreciates a man for WHO he is, not what he looks like. Is that so hard to believe? Isn’t that the way it should be?

      • snowflake says:

        she’s saying it’s a double standard, not that she agrees with it. successful men will not date unattractive women. she’s saying that’s messed up, because a beautiful woman will date an unattractive man. just my take

      • eliza says:

        I basically said the same thing on another thread about this very thing.

        I agree with everything you said +100.

      • Chris says:

        *klaxon*
        Time to wheel out Hugh Heffner and count the Barbies who love him for his groundbreaking work in astrophysics.

  18. Dena says:

    I like the deep green color of the purse she is carrying in the 2nd pic. Any ideas who the designer is? I’m a dud when it comes to stuff like that. Thanks.

  19. mytbean says:

    They’re all beautiful in a unique way that’s kind of refreshing. But – and it may sound tacky, all I ever noticed when there were pictures of the sisters was Rumor’s chin. But I think she’s had surgery and now it no longer has tyranny over her face.

  20. manda says:

    oh, child, please quit the smoking. I am trying to quit (started at 18, am now in my 30′s) and it is so so so so so so so hard. I curse the day I decided to try it

  21. Size Does Matter says:

    Why did they make her take off her clothes in the video? Is that her proving she’s past her issues somehow? Or setting her up to get more comments? I love the message and I hate what people did to her, but I don’t get the clothes removal.

    I was the fat kid. My father made jokes about my weight. One little sh!t in second grade made sure to tell me I was the biggest girl in our grade. Kids made gagging motions behind my back when I moved to a new school in fifth grade. I overheard someone dissing one of my junior high boyfriends for “dating” me because I was so ugly.

    I grew out of the ugly duckling phase on the outside but that stuff changes how you think about yourself on the inside.

    • Marigold says:

      ‘….she has taken part in the What’s Underneath Project by Style Like U. The project features women stripping down to their underwear to “honor how style is not the clothes you wear, it is comfort in your skin, it is your spirit, it is What’s Underneath.”’

      • Size Does Matter says:

        I appreciate the message, but I guess I just don’t get the project overall. It seems sort of pervy to me, especially given that she’s so young.

      • jenniferjustice says:

        Sorry but how is using your nudity not another means of garnering attention and to your physical appearearance no less? ….again. Seriously all these girls are alike in different ways. They all scream for attention and then want to pick and choose the attention they get. I don’t blame them. Obviously there is something in the family my water but they are all vapid superficial-obsessed attention seekers. Demi must be proud…actually I’m pretty sure she’s just jealous.

  22. Svetlana says:

    I sympathize with the offspring of celebrities. Even those with talent or looks have to compete with the shadow of their often more famous parents. Demi in particular seems a little too obsessed with maintaining her youthful beauty and surely that affected the self image her daughters developed.

    I’m disgusted that tabloids would report on them before they are public figures or as children.

    But once they are adults, unless they have a discernible talent, they ought to just stay out of the limelight. They can distinguish themselves in many ways and have a rewarding, meaningful life outside of show business. Given their family’s wealth, they could spend their youth educating themselves, traveling, pursuing philanthropic activities, or promoting important social causes (nipples on instagram does not count, but I can thing of several worthy areas that could use publicity that would have a positive effect on society or improve lives.)

    Most young adults are either studying, working or both. Ordinary young adults don’t have the time to indulge such lengthy self study, nor would they have the platform to broadcast their thoughts to as large an audience. It seems these children of celebrities are so aimless that leads to great sadness for them. personally. It is as if they have no idea what to do with their lives.

  23. PreciousRobicheaux says:

    I’m also so grateful I never had to endure internet cruelty as a young woman. I would have never survived it.

    • Tig says:

      I can’t agree with you enough! Let’s face it-kids and teens can be cruel- but going online to see that God-zillion commenters agree that you are ugly/cow/etc? I cannot imagine. My hats off to folks raising kids in this era.

    • Eleonor says:

      Me neither! I was an ugly duck at school: I even had the theeth braces , I remember at 15 I had a thing for a boy, someone told him, and he let me know “he wouldn’t have never talked to me because I had a too much huge mouth, like a oven”
      because now people call it “fuller lips”, but at the time I was the oven. It was really painful, with the internet and social network I don’t know if I would have been able to survive.

  24. lisa says:

    all celebrity kids arent in the public eye. some go to school and get jobs and no one sees them. if the only cost of glomming off someone else’s celebrity is people comment on your looks in places you dont have to read, then i dont feel so badly.

  25. Black Veronica Lake says:

    Well, I’ve said things about her face in other comment sections and now I feel awful. I’m sorry and I guess people just forget that celebrities have feelings too and its not like she’s annoying like the Kardashians.

  26. Lola says:

    Let’s be blunt, when people see a baby or a child the first thing that comes out of their mouths is “oh, your baby is so cute,” or “oh, how adorable and gorgeous she/he is,” so the first reaction is usually about beauty and what we perceived this beauty to be. And, beauty is always in the eyes of the beholder. We should try and also reinforce the child’s abilities, spunk, etc. But that is not the initial reaction, I would dare say ever.

    It is totally uncalled for to bash kids, tweens and teens in general for their looks. They have their own “beauty concerns” to begging with. I would even say that there should be no bashing what so ever no matter the age when looks are concern.
    Celebrity children get it double because of who their parents are. And that is the truth, but regular kids, specially with social media bullying are also suffering in spades and I also agree, thank God I am a product of the 80′ s / early 90′s.

    For them, and admitting that I have no clue how they were raised, the point remains… when you see to this day stories about their mom and those weird diets that she does, you have to wonder how much of that played in her upbringing.

  27. jenny12 says:

    People used to say the most evil things about this girl and her sisters- they were ugly, Bruce’s face didn’t work on girls, etc. No wonder her self esteem was destroyed. It’s why I never talk about someone’s looks. I don’t understand why people want to crush others’ feelings.

    • Jayna says:

      My heart broke for Rumer from about 16 years old on. From 16 to 20 she was bashed across the internet by people like Perez Hilton as potato head but also by online posters, probably majority grown women as unfortunate-looking, potato head, Jay Leno in drag, called ugly, on and on. It was cruel and unnecessary to do that to someone of that age. It bothered me so much because it was a big pile on about her, and I couldn’t imagine being her age and reading that across the internet and knowing all that was being said and have it not affect me and my self-esteem. I saw her on Letterman and she had a sweetness and softness about her and came across very charming and nice looking . Then it started on Tallulah when she hit about 16 and she’s never been in the business and the comments were ugly. Scout got it too. The girls, when they were getting this weren’t obnoxious or offensive or anything. I was terribly insecure when I was fourteen to twenty about myself, and I can’t imagine reading people making vile comments about your looks. It’s not like they were Kim Kardashian posting five million selfies and older and a fame ho. They were young girls and just beginning to find themselves. It would have messed me up.

      • jenny12 says:

        I feel the same way. I remember those horrible potato head comments. Perez Hilton, who posts comments he doesn’t like that he receives? First of all, children should be OFF LIMITS, and they were children/ teenagers at the time. But to pile on someone because of the way they look is ugly and evil and, frankly, unforgivable. Why would you want to completely crush someone that way? It really upset me, and there was no letting up for a long time.

  28. JudyK says:

    Prettiest of the three daughters, but I had to shut down the video.

    Anyone who has to use “like” as a filler for every other word is simply not bright. I’m sorry, they just are not. I am so sick of hearing Valley Girl talk. Please stop.

  29. Longhorn says:

    My first thought was “what’s wrong with her face?”. Then I realized how difficult it can be to be the daughter of someone who is a celebrity who is celebrated for her looks. Plus, being exposed to the tabloids doesn’t help. Kudos for her for getting help. I hope she continues to ignore stupid and insensitive comments from the public and develop her mind, inner strength and spirit

  30. Liz says:

    It can’t all be blamed on Demi since these girls also have a father. One who is married to a woman half his age.

  31. Ord says:

    These three girls (the Willis sisters) have strong looks and they’ve gotten a lot of hate for it on the internet. Demi seems like a good mother (other than her personal problems); not like Jennifer Aniston’s mum or someone like Jenny McCarthy. I think living in LA and in the public eye would do that to you.

  32. Tania2 says:

    If these types of women weren’t trying to become actresses and models, nobody would comment much on their looks at all, even if they have famous parents.

    But they do want a taste of that glamorous life for themselves, and that comes with the pricetag of constantly being judged by your looks.

    Anyway, most actresses have nothing much to offer, most anyone can memorize lines and do facial expressions for the camera. Its not rocket science. All they have to offer is their looks, same goes with actors.

    • Lex says:

      Untrue entirely. The vultures were poking fun when they were kids before they’d ‘tried’ anything

      • Ennie says:

        when they were little, they lived in Idaho , I think, but then they moved to LA still young and some bloggers and commenters were cruel with them when they started to resemble their father more and more, and they had not started a career, they were more photographed around the Kutcher time.

  33. LIVEALOT says:

    All her close-ups are profile….strange when talking about loving the skin ur in.

    • Denise says:

      I have a problem with these misguided campaigns about loving yourself, and then dictating what that means. In this case, being semi naked as if our identities lie in our naked bodies. I guess you can’t love yourself if you have any modesty, are shy, etc. I mean, F off!

  34. Bob Loblaw says:

    I don’t understand why her parents let her read that crap at 13 or obsess about her appearance that much. My parents acted like parents and keep strict control over me until I was 16. There was an emphasis on school work not on mirrors and clothes and shopping and things. I realize times have changed but this is a story of lax parenting and the parent’s priorities not being the well being of their children. Children have to be cultivated in order to turn into functional adults, not just left to their own devices so they can start starving themselves because people are mean and they don’t feel “pretty” enough.

    • Ennie says:

      Their mom has issues and demons of her own, and they were living between mom and dad, so it is hard to keep track of them, I guess.

  35. Denise says:

    I always thought she had striking eyes. If each of the Willis girls were introduced to us through the media as actresses – I mean if they were completely different people and not the daughters of Bruce and Demi – they wouldn’t have been criticised for their looks. They would simply be seen for who they are. But it was the comparison to their mother who they look nothing like (Rumer maybe slightly) that people can’t get past and for some reason they want to punish them for not being more like their mom. It sounds as if all three of them are going to continue to have a tough road ahead but I hope they are able to find their own identities and make peace with who they are.

    • captain says:

      Do you reckon stripping in public will help a great deal with that? SO tired of this pop-psychology.

      Agree with everything you’ve said here. Growing up is terrible as such, then having a beautiful mother who doesn’t reinforce your feeling of being grounded, balanced and cared for makes it even harder, and then living in this fake, nasty HW world obsessed with sexual attraction makes it just a receipe for sickness.

  36. Dee Kay says:

    I have liked Rumer as an actress in the couple of things I’ve seen her in (The House Bunny, Hawaii Five-0), and I have nothing against the two other Moore/Willis daughters since I’ve never seen them in anything, but I don’t think it’s surprising that people comment on the looks of famous people’s children. If anything I think Moore and Willis should have done everything they could to shield and/or prepare their children for being in the public eye, and that includes being criticized sometimes. But I don’t really think it is anyone’s “responsibility” per se to hold their tongues (or their Internet posts) back to “spare” the feelings of anyone. I mean, if you don’t like what the Internet says about you, don’t read it! (And in the case of minors, I think that famous parents should really emphasize to their children to try to avoid certain sites, etc.). What I am saying is: I don’t think the public should censor themselves to protect the feelings of rich/famous people’s children, I think rich/famous people should take the necessary steps to help their children protect themselves from online gossip/bs.

  37. Moi says:

    What a sweet baby girl. Sorry, I’m getting old at 40 in the next few days, so she is still a baby to me. But social media is so bad for a teenage girls’ self esteem at times or severely can be. I actually love Demi and Bruce’s girls and feel that they are all very beautiful. We have what is to be considered “beauty” down to the most minute, rididiculous, unfounded detail. She is right though, those girls were blessed with amazing figures. Always be thankful for what you have and, it’s true, your mentality, wit, and what is in your heart and your soul are what truly matter. Always.

    But guess what? Everyone, including Angelina Jolie, has had plastic surgery procedures performed to be what is truly considered a beauty to society. What does that tell you?

  38. Bella bella says:

    I always thought Tallulah was mesmerizing and stunning. She always struck me as being self-possessed with incredible piercing eyes. And beautiful. I can’t imagine people saying she was ugly.

  39. GreenieWeenie says:

    Demi famously raised these girls in Idaho. I remember her talking about that in interviews ages ago. They didn’t grow up in Hollywood–at least not until their mother started dating Ashton.

    What I don’t get is why these famous parents with oodles of money don’t put their kids in some freaking music or art lessons or sports. Talent can be CULTIVATED and EXPLORED. I’m not a particularly talented piano player in the grand scheme of things but hey, I can play classical piano at a fairly skilled level because my mother forced me to take lessons until I was 14. So I have a talent or two, even though I’m not gifted in any way.

    I don’t get having all this money and yet lacking the cultural background to invest in your kids’ educations so they DON’T get hung up on appearances or feel completely talentless or lacking in self-worth because their horizons are a little wider and they do have some skills to make them feel even just marginally accomplished.

  40. jenn says:

    I think she’s pretty
    what is she talking about?

    • serena says:

      Well, people have been giving the Willis sisters an hard time because of their face-shape.