Raven-Symoné Says She Was Skinny-Shamed on ABC Family Sitcom: ''They Had Me Wear a Fat Suit''

''I wouldn't get my show unless I looked a certain way,'' the actress shared on The View

By Alyssa Toomey Sep 28, 2015 7:19 PMTags

It's no secret that women's body types are often highly scrutinized in the show biz industry—and The View revealed just how deep that criticism runs during Monday's episode. 

While speaking about the unrealistic pressure women feel to lose the baby weight after giving birth, co-host Raven-Symoné chimed in and shared her "only pregnancy story."

"When I was at my heaviest, like 185 pounds, people would be like 'Are you pregnant? Are you pregnant?' and I'm like 'No, I'm fat, get away from me,'" the 29-year-old star admitted, later adding, "This goes through all of our industry, just fat-shaming in general. Not accepting the female's body for the different and many beautiful shapes it has" (coincidentally, Gigi Hadid is making headlines for her body positive Instagram post today).

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Symoné went on to reveal that she was previously criticized for losing weight at one point in her career during a time when curves were starting to be celebrated. 

"I feel when I lost my weight, like big-girl season came. There's so many big girls that are now famous. That was over here, starving," she confessed to which fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg replied, "You were famous. You were a big girl and you were famous." 

"You don't even know what I went through," Raven countered, adding, "I wouldn't get my show unless I looked a certain way, things of that nature." 

"Listen, I lost a whole bunch of weight, six, seven years ago and I was up for this TV show and I showed up and the guy went, 'Where'd you go?'" Goldberg confessed

"They did that to me!" Symoné added before dropping a body image bombshell. 

"On State of Georgia they had me wear a fat suit," the former Disney channel star revealed of the ABC Family series, which aired for one season in 2011. "Because they said I wasn't the size they wanted me to be."