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Earlier this week, an image of Rey, the young newcomer to the Star Wars universe, was making the rounds on social media with a little bubble photoshopped on top, suggesting that Daisy Ridley was miscast for the role because "real women have curves."

Thankfully, the young actress didn't take the harsh criticism personally, deciding instead to remind her followers that not only is Rey a good role model for girls, but that in general it is simply mean and irrelevant to attack other people for their looks. You go, girl!

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Ridley had started by reposting the hateful image but deleted it later, realizing that many of her followers took that as an opportunity to latch onto the Instagram user who shared it in the first place. Her comment below, though, was a simple, straightforward message that you'd find it hard to disagree with:

“ ‘Real women’ are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave, have families, don’t have families. I am a ‘real woman’ like every other woman in this world.”

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Although it's surprising that anyone would have to explain that Rey, with her sand-colored baggy pants, sweaty forehead, and crazy ability to swing a lightsaber is miles away from a stuck-up, pretty wallflower female character, Ridley dedicated a second post to the reasons why she considers Rey to be an awesome role model and why she won't let anyone criticize her appearance.

But far from slamming other people, she reminded her followers that one, you should accept yourself as you are, and two, we should all just be nice to each other:

"I will not apologize 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.”

Ridley is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VIII and has been sharing her excitement, mentioning on the Oscars red carpet that Luke is going to be "really cool." The new episode is set to be released in December 2017.

Do you agree that Rey is a great role model?


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