Tallulah Willis, the youngest daughter of actors Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, is suffering from body dysmorphia and the eating disorder anorexia.
Tallulah, 20, made the stunning revelations in a candid video confessional for StyleLikeU (see above), where she revealed she has struggled with low self-esteem and once starved herself down to 95 pounds.
“I’m diagnosed with body dysmorphia [because of] reading those stupid f—ing tabloids when I was like 13, feeling like I was just ugly, always,” said Willis. “I believed strangers more than the people who loved me, because why would the people who love me be honest?”
Tallulah said growing up in the media spotlight as the daughter of two successful A-list actors exacerbated her eating disorder and unhappiness with her looks. Over the years, tabloids and blogs have made unflattering remarks about all three of Bruce and Demi's daughters.
Tallulah said she internalized a lot of those nasty comments, and felt especially unhappy with her face. She said her dissatisfaction with her looks fueled her anorexia and caused her to dress provocatively in a bid to call attention away from her face.
“That made me start to dress really with showing off my boobs and butt, and showing off those things that I was getting attention for,” she recounted.
Willis then said she starved herself down to 95 pounds to look less sensual. "I started starving myself and I got down to 95 pounds," she recalled. “When I lost my curves and my boobs shriveled up into nothing, and I had no shape and I was just saggy skin everywhere, I was like ‘Hey, believe me now?' But I viewed super-skinny me as smart, intelligent. I was able to have the physical transformation so everyone could see me differently.”
Fortunately, Tallulah is doing better now, thanks to the love and support of her family, and said she went public to help other women who are suffering from body dysmorphia and eating disorders. Willis hopes young girls will learn to embrace and love themselves, and realize there are more important things to focus on than their looks.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Willis' mother, Demi Moore, has also suffered from body dysmorphia and a neurotic preoccupation with her looks. The super-skinny Moore has never admitted to having eating disorders, but tabloid reports have claimed she battled anorexia.
Despite being hailed for her fit physique, Demi confessed she suffered from poor body image and sometimes hated her body. "I have had a love-hate relationship with my body," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I sit today in a place of greater acceptance of my body. And that includes not just my weight, but all of the things that come with your changing body."
Over the years, tabloids speculated that Moore had gotten over $500,000 in plastic surgery, from facelifts to breast surgeries to liposuction to a kneecap lift. Demi has repeatedly denied these rumors.
"[The constant cosmetic surgery speculation] feels like schoolyard name-calling; it hurts," she said. "Maybe one day I'll go under the knife. It just irritates me that people are constantly saying how much I've spent on plastic surgery."
After decades of battling a neurotic preoccupation with being sexy, Moore said she ultimately found that beauty and thinness never truly made her happy.
"I had an extreme obsession with my body," she said. "I made it a measure of my own value. "I tried to dominate it, which I did, and I changed it multiple times over. But it never lasted, and ultimately it didn't bring me anything but temporary happiness."