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Although Jonah Hill is a celebrated actor, filmmaker and style icon, for years he's also been body-shamed by some quarters of the media, seemingly for not having washboard abs or undulating biceps.
But after a tabloid news site published photos of Hill surfing in a wetsuit and then drying off without his top on later, the actor took to Instagram to share with his followers how negative press coverage has affected his confidence in the past and how, despite news stories like these continuing to gain attention, he has learned to love and accept himself.
“I don’t think I ever took my shirt off in a pool until I was in my mid-30s even in front of family and friends. Probably would have happened sooner if my childhood insecurities weren’t exacerbated by years of public mockery about my body by press and interviewers," wrote Hill.
"So the idea that the media tries to play me by stalking me while surfing and printing photos like this and it can’t phase me anymore is dope. I’m 37 and finally love and accept myself.
Hill finished his post with two messages: one to any kids who are currently suffering from body confidence issues and a second to the tabloid paper that had body shamed him in the first place.
“This isn’t a 'good for me' post. And it’s definitely not a 'feel bad for me post," wrote Hill. "It’s for the kids who don’t take their shirt off at the pool. Have fun. You’re wonderful and awesome and perfect. All my love.”
"Oh and Daily Mail, not even you can take that smile from my face ;)"
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