Daisy Ridley

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Daisy Ridley is standing up for all women of all shapes and sizes.

The Star Wars: Force Awakens actress found herself the victim of a recent body-shaming attack in which an Instagram user said she "set unrealistic expectations" for young girls because "real women have curves."

However, Ridley was quick to inform the user that, in fact, all women are "real" women.

"'Real women' are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave," the actress commented. "I am a 'real woman' like every other woman in this world."

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Taking a screen grab of her post, Ridley continued to explain her thoughts on the subject: "What's weird is most of the time I see such gorgeous messages from people around the world," she began. "People who relate to something in Rey they haven't found in a female character before...It is much more hurtful to continue to slate other women than BE a woman, BE a character, BE whoever you want to be."

She added, "I'm a normal girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, just like Rey. I will not apologise for how I look, what I say and how I live my life cause what's happening inside is much more important anyway and I am striving to be the best version of myself, even if I stumble along the way."

Thus, she has a bit of advice for not only those who have a problem with the way she looks, but who have a problem with anyone else in life: "Remember that expression, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Kindness isn't going to cure the world of all its awfulness but it's a good place to begin."

Kim Kardashian, naked


Meanwhile, Ridley's post comes at an interesting time: the day after International Women's Day as well as on the heels of controversy stemming from Kim Kardashian's latest nude selfie.

In fact, the reality star stood up against the people who shamed her for the photo with a similar message to Ridley's: "I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives. I don't do drugs, I hardly drink, I've never committed a crime—and yet I'm a bad role model for being proud of my body?"

She added, "I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world."

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