It seems like there's no topic Arden Cho is afraid to get real about on her personal blog, East of Arden – and we're forever thankful for it. Why? Well, one of the latest posts the actress shared on her site, called "Every Body Is Beautiful," is one that we can all relate to: the pressure be a certain weight. Whether we dream about losing a few pounds, or gaining some to fill out our figures, everyone has had a moment when they wished their weight was different – and for Arden, this was a big journey she went through.
"All through out high school and college, I really struggled with my weight and accepting my body. I've always wanted to be under a 100lbs," Arden wrote. "Keep in my mind I have not been under 100lbs since I was in middle school. I was really into sports and a healthy lifestyle so I had too much muscle to be that thin. But I still wanted it, because I thought that was what would make me beautiful."
Arden explained that cultural differences she noticed in her travels also made her perceive herself as bigger than she really is.
"In the States I feel like I'm generally still on the smaller side but when I go to Asia, I'm definitely considered large," she shared. "I know this may seem shocking – it was for me as well. But it's just different cultural standards. Every time I want to work in Asia, I'm told I need to lose at least 40lbs. I physically can't do it and I don't think that's healthy for my body type and frame. I have friends who are rail thin and they eat as much as I do. So it's not about how much or little you eat or how often you work out. Everyone has a different body type. You need to embrace yours and figure out what works for you."
"I don't know how much I weigh now but I know for sure - it isn't close to 100lbs. I just stopped weighing myself. The number and size doesn't matter. How you feel matters and you should feel great in your skin and your body," she added, providing some words of wisdom with readers that she's learned along the way.
"I know it's hard not to compare ourselves to the people we follow or see on a daily basis on our feeds. But try not to judge others and yourself. Just enjoy it for what it is, a picture. It's okay to admire for a moment, I do all the time. 'Wow, she's so skinny... she's so tall... she's so perfect,'" she said. "But to someone else she might be too skinny or too tall. No one is perfect. Everyone has a different ideal of beauty and you have to accept yourself as beautiful first before anyone else can."
What a great way of putting it!