Chloë Grace Moretz Says A "Horrific" Online Joke About Her Appearance Left Her With Body Dysmorphia

''Everyone was making fun of my body…''

By Diandra Malivindi
Trigger warning: This story discusses body dysmorphia and might be triggering for some readers.
For Chloë Grace Moretz, she's been in and out of the spotlight for quite some time. But what many might not know is that her time in the public eye has been filled with scrutiny and even triggered negative thoughts about her body.
In a new interview, the Neighbours 2 star shared how a meme made about her body only exacerbated her own issues with her self-image that she'd already been dealing with.
Main image via @chloegmoretz.
For context, 2016 was a difficult year for Moretz, after she was photographed carrying pizza boxes into a hotel. While she was photographed by paparazzi all the time, this particular moment was turned into a widely-spread meme as an edit of the image made her resemble a character from the animated sitcom Family Guy.
One glance at the meme and it's clear that Moretz's body has been tampered with. The edited image shows Moretz entering the hotel with the food but her legs made cartoonishly long and were edited to look as if they were attached directly to her torso.
"For a long time, I was able to be the Chloë that people see and the Chloë that I am in private," she told Hunger magazine, referring to her childhood in the spotlight. "Then those two worlds collided, and I felt really raw and vulnerable and open."
She continued, "And then came the onslaught of horrific memes that started getting sent to me about my body. I've actually never really talked about this, but there was one meme that really affected me, of me walking into a hotel with a pizza box in my hand.
"And this photo got manipulated into a character from Family Guy with the long legs and the short torso, and it was one of the most widespread memes at the time."
And while the photo was clearly doctored, its enormous circulation online still saw many make fun of the image, and in turn, make fun of Moretz. To make matters worse, the 25-year-old found it difficult to get support following the incident.
"Everyone was making fun of my body, and I brought it up with someone, and they were like, 'Oh, shut the f--k up, it's funny,'" she recalled. "And I just remember sitting there and thinking, 'My body is being used as a joke, and it's something that I can't change about who I am, and it is being posted all over Instagram'."
She continued, "It was something so benign as walking into a hotel with leftovers. And to this day, when I see that meme, it's something very hard for me to overcome. It took a layer of something that I used to enjoy, which was getting dressed up and going to a carpet and taking a photo, and made me super self-conscious."
"And I think that body dysmorphia—which we all deal with in this world—is extrapolated by the issues of social media. It's a headf--k."
But thankfully for Moretz, she was able to start her healing process by utilising therapy and enduring the global pandemic that left celebrities able to find privacy through mask-wearing.
"To say that these past two years have been transformative is an understatement, to say the least," she said. "I'm a very different girl than I was. I feel like a woman now."
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