Evan Rachel Wood slams Vanity Fair experience

Evan Rachel WoodEvan Rachel Wood was left feeling ”like meat” after her first Vanity Fair photoshoot. The 27-year-old actress posed for the cover of the publication’s Young Hollywood issue alongside stars including Mandy Moore and Amanda Bynes in 2003 when she was just 15 and says the experience left her close to tears. After a fan posted a picture of the starlets together from the shoot, Evan replied: ”I was almost in tears after this shoot. They tried that dress on me, I wasn’t 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.”

Evan put her ”bullying” experience down to being ”inexperienced and shy” but has learned from how uncomfortable she felt that day. She added: ”I think when you are young and inexperienced and shy you can be bullied more. I learned to say no.”

The star – who has a 14-month-old son with estranged husband Jamie Bell – hoped sharing her experience would encourage her fans to ”stay true” to themselves, insisting she wasn’t complaining about any of the ”privileges” of her job. She added: ”To all the haters. I am not complaining about being on the cover of vanity fair. I understand I am very privileged and there are far worse thing to go through. My point was that things aren’t always what they seem. Especially in this industry. What may seem glamorous sometimes comes at a price. I only want to encourage other young girls to stay true to who they are. No matter what. Hold on to your self.(sic)” Evan also insisted she bared no hard feelings towards the publication. She wrote: ”Side note, I have shot the cover of ‘vanity fair’ since and had a much different experience. It was quite lovely.”

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