Daisy Ridley: My skin isn’t great, I have a trainer, I don’t always smile

The Empire Film Awards 2016
The last time we talked about something Daisy Ridley had posted on Instagram she was schooling an online troll who mocked her body by saying “real women have curves.” Ridley was quite articulate in defending herself, and every other woman, as a “real women.” She wrote, in part “I will not apologise for how I look, what I say and how I live my life cause what’s happening inside is much more important anyway and I am striving to be the best version of myself, even if I stumble along the way.” It was a nice sentiment from Ridley, and you can tell she thinks about these issues and cares about their effect on other women.

In a new Instagram post Ridley, 24, put up a glamorous selfie with winged eyeliner, and then she got a bit philosophic about the nature of social media and how it creates unrealistic expectations. Here’s what she wrote.

At first I was confused by the intro “3 of these statements aren’t true” because I read what she wrote afterwards and was trying to figure out which statements were false. You probably got it right away though, she’s talking about the captions on the image, “I woke up like this #nofilter #nomakeup.” (I think that’s a snapchat photo she ported over to Instagram although I feel hopelessly out of touch when it comes to snapchat.)

More than just getting the impression that Daisy wants to start a larger conversation about self esteem, I think that she’s self conscious about posting glamor shots on social media. She’s apologetic for looking lovely and wants to bring it down to earth a little. It’s sweet actually, although it’s not necessary. Compare Daisy’s Instagram, full of kickass workout videos, fun shots with costars and just gratitude for her charmed life to someone like Demi Lovato’s Instagram, which is way more selfie-heavy. (I picked Lovato because she’s 23, around Ridley’s age, and is into body positivity too.) Ridley, 24, comes across like she’s trying to be approachable and not let fame or beauty get to her head and that’s endearing. Of course people are going to post selfies, but Ridley isn’t doing it daily.

Oh and Ridley got to show Harry and William around the set of Star Wars VIII this week! Here’s a photo she Instagrammed with the gang.


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  1. Jh says:

    Why didn’t Kate go! Omg! I would be so pissed to miss out on that tour!

  2. Alaqaday says:

    She and John Boyega both seem like genuinely nice young adults.

    • Nicole says:

      Agreed. I love them both. Very humble and sweet people. I also love their friendship 🙂

    • Lucy2 says:

      They really do. I’m very happy for their success, they both seem to genuinely appreciate it and enjoy it.

    • Mia4s says:

      The whole cast actually seems lovely. My guess is for Star Wars you’re auditioned on a lot more than just your acting. It was pure luck for them that Mark, Harrison, and Carrie (despite her personal issues) held it together pretty well (for decades!). They had no idea what was coming, the new bunch did.

      I’ll leave the prequel actors out of it because that’s more complicated.

      • ell says:

        this. they couldn’t have picked a lovelier cast tbh, there isn’t one unlikeable person in it.

  3. Toast says:

    “(like the Force, obvs).”

    I love checking out her instagram. She’s a total natural at social media or she has a great marketing person working for her.

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    She seems very nice. I thought the “I woke up like this” thing was funny. That’s all I have.

  5. Lucy says:

    She reminds me of Daniel Radcliffe. They’re both extremely young British actors who lead two of the biggest franchises in the World, and yet all that success doesn’t keep either of them from being incredibly awesome and smart people.

  6. crab says:

    She’s so pretty!!

  7. mkyarwood says:

    FanExpo is coming up soon and, while I will stay true to my roots and go as some kind of cobbled together Vulcan to meet Alan Tudyk, my six year old daughter is going as Rey — the ‘most amazing lady’. I’m so happy Daisy is around, she has NO idea. With today’s glut of Bratz and Monster High and whatever other horrors I don’t know about yet geared toward six year olds, this is the pop culture role model of my dreams, ha.

    • ClaireB says:

      This! I just had a little girl after two boys, and I’m looking around for female role models. She’s only 15 months, but even the baby books we have seem to focus on boys and appeal to boys more. I’m not looking for princessy, glittery books and toys, but gender-neutral seems to mean boyish. Otherwise you get Barbie and Bratz. (Or Dora, but she’s outlawed in my house because I can’t stand her or Diego.)

      • mkyarwood says:

        ROJA! VERDE! lasted five minutes, total, in this house. My eldest has a speech delay, and SHOUTING Spanish words at kids with zero mouth movements to accompany it is useless! Sesame Street, for all time. Be sure to pick up “Vader’s Little Princess’. It’s one of of the only books with ‘little princess’ written on it that doesn’t really have one of those inside.

  8. Barrett says:

    thanks. I’m a female w a boyish figure. I hate the real woman have curves. It’s mean.

    • susiecue says:

      Yeah really. All women are real women!!!! We gain nothing by tearing each other down. Sad.

    • ClaireB says:

      There was a thread on here a month or two ago about that Dove campaign and some people were really quite funny. For myself, I have hips but no boobs: am I only half real?

    • Antigone says:

      I also have a boyish figure-the whole “real women have curves” thing grates on my nerves. It’s funny-there really is no equivalent statement about men and their physiques. Women’s bodies are scrutinized so much more.

      I like her-she seems like a nice young woman.

  9. perplexed says:

    Something about the niceness of her inner personality shines through on her face.

  10. ell says:

    it is necessary, because at present most of her fanbase is made by young girls who look up to her because she’s rey in star wars. so she’s saying something girls need to hear.

  11. pinetree13 says:

    She’s lovely. I look forward to her next movies.