She’s finally speaking out. After being known by the public as a sex symbol, Megan Fox is opening up about how being sexualized in the industry affected her. At the pinnacle of her career, the 33-year-old starred in Jennifer’s Body which particularly turned up the heat of her unwanted public image. On Wednesday, September 18, the 33-year-old told Entertainment Tonight that the marketing of the film and others played up her sexual public persona and sent her into a “very dark moment.”
“It wasn’t just that movie, it was every day of my life, all the time, with every project I worked on and every producer I worked with,” she said of being used as a sex symbol in the media. “It preceded a breaking point for me.”
“I think I had a genuine psychological breakdown where I wanted just nothing to do,” she added. “I didn’t want to be seen, I didn’t want to have to take a photo, do a magazine, walk a carpet, I didn’t want to be seen in public at all because the fear, and the belief, and the absolute certainty that I was going to be mocked, or spat at, or someone was going to yell at me, or people would stone me or savage me for just being out … so I went through a very dark moment after that.”
Megan admitted that she was one of the first women who began speaking out about the female injustices in the entertainment industry. Although she was a part of the #MeToo movement before it was a hashtag, years ago she was faced with backlash instead of acceptance and admiration for her honesty.
“I feel like I was sort of out and in front of the #MeToo movement before the #MeToo movement happened, I was speaking out and saying, ‘Hey, these things are happening to me and they’re not OK,'” the brunette beauty said. “And everyone was like, ‘Oh well, f–k you. We don’t care, you deserve it.’ Because everybody talked about how you looked or how you dressed or the jokes you made.”
After her battle to be seen in the industry for her worth, Megan added, “Even though I consider myself a feminist, I feel like feminists don’t want me to be a part of their group.” She continued, “What is supporting other females if there is only certain ones of us we support? If I have to be an academic or have to be non-threatening to you in some way? Why can’t I be a part of the group as well?”
Now after years of struggling with her public image, Megan feels like motherhood has been her ultimate turning point. “I think it took getting pregnant — that was the first real breakthrough where my consciousness shifted, and my mind opened up and I was able to see from a birds-eye view and breath and take it in,” Fox said. “And then another kid, and then another kid and with every kid I feel like that’s always been the doorway into a better version of myself.”
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