Tori Spelling Opens Up About Cyberbullies Calling Her ‘Bug Eyes’
Tori Spelling shared part of her journey towards self-love with fans in an Instagram post this week, sharing life lessons her father taught her and her newfound love for her eyes.
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My Dad always said “ Your eyes are the windows to your soul”… – I’ve never forgotten that. Because of that belief my Dad rarely let his actors wear sunglasses in a scene. He believed their eyes conveyed everything. All emotions. – I’ve carried that motto thru my life. I always look people in the eyes. I hold their gaze always. I never look away. I’ve taught my kids to always show people respect and look them in the eyes when they are talking to them. – I used to hate my eyes. When I started 90210 at 16 I was filled with low self confidence. Then, internet trolls ( yep we had them back then too!)called me frog and bug eyed. Being put under a microscope as a young girl in her formative years was hard. I spent years begging makeup artists on my shows and movies to please try to make my eyes look smaller. I would cry over my looks in the makeup trailer chair. – I didn’t start to realize what an asset my eyes were till I did Scream 2 and the cover of Rolling Stone reenacting the iconic shower scene from Psycho. My eyes made that photo. They showed the emotion I was “feeling in my soul” in that picture. – Now, my face. Many people ask why I only show one side of my face. Some write hurtful things. Yes, it is a choice. My choice. Because, a vulnerable innocent excited girl showed all of her face at 16 and was eaten alive. Choices about my looks were made for me by nameless and faceless accounts. Words can’t be unread. Cyber bullying existed then and it does now worse than ever. So, every time one of you ask me why I don’t look straight on in photos and videos know why I make that choice. Years of hurtful comments that I don’t even want to share to give them energy. Way worse than bug or frog eyes. Just remember next time that you go to comment on someone’s account regarding their face or body or choices, you don’t know them. They don’t know you. But, their soul will remember that unkind comment. It’ll be imprinted on them. Our memories can’t remember physical pain but we do remember emotional, verbal, and written pain. – That said. Here’s me. Straight on. I love my eyes now. They make me uniquely me. And, I rarely wear sunglasses. (Scroll 2see Rolling Stone cover)
“My Dad always said ‘Your eyes are the windows to your soul,'” Spelling writes. “I’ve carried that motto thru my life. I always look people in the eyes. I hold their gaze always. I never look away.”
Spelling explained that her eyes used to be one of her greatest insecurities while she was first in the public eye through the show Beverly Hills, 90210.
“Internet trolls (yep we had them back then too!) called me frog and bug eyed,” Spelling writes. “Being put under a microscope as a young girl in her formative years was hard.”
According to Spelling, her 1997 Rolling Stone magazine is what finally changed her mind about her eyes. Nonetheless, she remains insecure about her facial features because of the trolls, and for the most part chooses to only photograph one side of her face.
“Our memories can’t remember physical pain but we do remember emotional, verbal, and written pain,” she writes. “That said. Here’s me. Straight on. I love my eyes now. They make me uniquely me.”