Lili Reinhart Spreads Powerful Message About Being an ‘Imperfect’ Role Model

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Similar to her Riverdale character, Betty Cooper, Lili Reinhart knows she’s not perfect, and she’s damn proud of it.

The actress recently received the Conscious Award at Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood event. During her empowering speech, Reinhart discussed what it’s like to be a role model and revealed that she’s hoping to break down expectations.

“As actors, musicians and people with a platform, we are so often called upon to be good role models and to set a good example,” she said. “With the expectation of being perfect idols, our mistakes are often amplified, our choices are criticized, and our words are scrutinized. That notion scared me for the longest time, because I know I am not perfect, and I knew I was never going to live up to that perfect expectation.”

Reinhart also dished on the origin of her activism, adding, “It came to my attention that so few influencers were actually willing to talk about their flaws, and that’s an idea I wanted to challenge. That’s when I realized how important it was to stay authentically myself: Imperfect, but still powerful.”


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