Millie Bobby Brown, breakout star of Netflix's "Stranger Things," said that people began to sexualize her as a very young child.
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British actress Brown, now 18, recently appeared on "The Guilty Feminist" podcast where she recalled being objectified and sexualized even when she was just a pre-teen.
“I deal with the same things any 18-year-old is dealing with, navigating being an adult and having relationships and friendships, and it’s all of those things,” Brown told hosts Deborah Frances-White and Susan Wokoma. “Being liked and trying to fit in, it’s all a lot, and you’re trying to find yourself while doing that. The only difference is that obviously, I’m doing that in the public eye.”
She added that now that she's turned 18, she feels like she's being sexualized "more within the last two weeks of turning 18" and is very well aware of the "difference between the way people act and the way that the press and social media have reacted to me coming of age."
A viral Reddit forum with a “NSFW” teaser that told users it wouldn’t be available to view until Brown's 18th birthday. Before the bizarre page was banned, it had more than 6,000 members.
“I believe that shouldn’t change anything, but it’s gross and it’s true," she added. "It’s just a very good representation of what’s going on in the world and how young girls are sexualized. So, I have been dealing with that, but I have also been dealing with that for forever.”
She added that for example, she was included in a W magazine roundup of "Why TV is Sexier Than Ever" — an article that ran when she was just 13 years old. During another instance, GQ in 2016 — when she was just 12 — described her as a "very grown-up child" and commented on the appearance of her prepubescent legs.