Daisy Ridley has hit out at bodyshamers.
The 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' actress responded to a meme on Instagram which featured a picture of her in character as Rey with the words "I can't believe the unrealistic expectations I'm setting for young girls. Who cast me anyway? Don't they know real women have curves?"
Posting a screenshot of the meme, Daisy wrote: "'Real women' are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave, have families, don't have families. I am a 'real women' like every other woman in this world.
"What's weird is most of the time I see such gorgeous messages from people around the world. People who relate to something in Rey they haven't found in a female character before. People who's daughters now think they can do things without the aid of a man, but who wouldn't be ashamed to ask for help. People who loved that The Force Awakens has multiple incredible female characters. It is much more hurtful to continue to slate other women than BE a woman, BE a character, BE whoever you want to be."
The actress revealed she received misogynistic comments on her social media account after posting a photo in celebration of International Women's Day on Tuesday.
"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.
"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 (sic)."