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Opening: Riverdale's Camila Mendes, 25, showed her rib cage tattoo with the text & # 39; to build a house & # 39; during a cover shoot for the October issue of Women & # 39; s Health

Riverdale star Camila Mendes has shared her moving story about overcoming sexual attacks and how her tattoo, which represents strength, helped her move on from the event.

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The 25-year-old actress recently spoke with Women's health about the inspiration behind her rib cage tattoo, which reads & # 39; to build a house & # 39; in italic font, which explains that she was motivated to get the body color after sexual abuse in her first year at university.

& # 39; I received the tattoo after my first year, & # 39; Camila emotionally detailed to the publication. & # 39; I had a very, very bad experience; I got roof hatches from someone who was sexually abused. & # 39;

Opening: Riverdale's Camila Mendes, 25, showed her rib cage tattoo with the text & # 39; to build a house & # 39; during a cover shoot for the October issue of Women & # 39; s Health

Opening: Riverdale's Camila Mendes, 25, showed her rib cage tattoo with the text & # 39; to build a house & # 39; during a cover shoot for the October issue of Women & # 39; s Health

Everything revealed: she revealed how the tattoo gave her strength after being robbed and sexually abused during her first year at the University of New York

Everything revealed: she revealed how the tattoo gave her strength after being robbed and sexually abused during her first year at the University of New York

Everything revealed: she revealed how the tattoo gave her strength after being robbed and sexually abused during her first year at the University of New York

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The moment happened while she was studying at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

For her the message was behind the tattoo for strength and safety as a physical home. These were qualities that she wanted to build up in her own life.

& # 39; The tattoo reminds her to strengthen both her sense of self and the environment around her, & # 39; read the article.

Prominent: & # 39; The tattoo reminds her to strengthen both her sense of self and the environment around her, & # 39; read the article

Prominent: & # 39; The tattoo reminds her to strengthen both her sense of self and the environment around her, & # 39; read the article

Prominent: & # 39; The tattoo reminds her to strengthen both her sense of self and the environment around her, & # 39; read the article

Camila shines on the cover of the October issue of Women & # 39; s Health, where she showed the tattoo to cameras for one photo during the photo shoot.

She spoke not only about her experiences of overcoming sexual attacks, but also about how to handle difficult moments in her life.

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& # 39; When I feel that I am experiencing something difficult, I think about what I can physically do for myself, & # 39; she said.

Previously physical activity was accompanied by dancing when Camila grew up. But now she finds comfort in solo time in the gym after a day of filming her show.

& # 39; Activity has always been an important part of my life & # 39 ;, she said.

The only thing that Camila will not work out below is a good night's sleep. The actress is proud to sleep about eight hours every night to stay healthy.

& # 39; People put sports first and don't give their bodies rest & # 39 ;, Camila said. & # 39; I will always choose sleep first. I just think it is underestimated. & # 39;

Priorities: The actress said she now uses physical activity to get through hardships
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Priorities: The actress said she now uses physical activity to get through hardships

Priorities: The actress said she now uses physical activity to get through hardships

Progress: During the interview, Camila also talked about overcoming her eating disorder with the help of a nutritionist and therapist

Progress: During the interview, Camila also talked about overcoming her eating disorder with the help of a nutritionist and therapist

Progress: During the interview, Camila also talked about overcoming her eating disorder with the help of a nutritionist and therapist

Asking for help: & # 39; I needed professionals I trusted to tell me things I didn't know, & # 39; she said

Asking for help: & # 39; I needed professionals I trusted to tell me things I didn't know, & # 39; she said

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Asking for help: & # 39; I needed professionals I trusted to tell me things I didn't know, & # 39; she said

Good influence: Camila now wants to be a positive role model for younger men and women who also have to deal with similar body struggles and eating disorders

Good influence: Camila now wants to be a positive role model for younger men and women who also have to deal with similar body struggles and eating disorders

Good influence: Camila now wants to be a positive role model for younger men and women who also have to deal with similar body struggles and eating disorders

The actress became known two years ago for her leading role in the CW teen drama as Veronica Lodge.

She has since filmed multiple film roles and is currently filming Riverdale's fourth season.

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Although the actress seems to have everything right, she has previously spoken about her struggle with body positivity and eating disorders – particularly bulimia.

& # 39; I only got better recently, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I needed professionals I trusted to tell me things I didn't know. When I was a teenager, there were no role models when it came to body positivity – that was just nothing. Being thin was everything. & # 39;

Camila went outside with her disorder in 2017 in the hope that it could help other young women and men to seek help.

When asked how she could set herself up as a role model for others with regard to health, Camila said that she wanted to be someone for others she needed to endure her own eating disorder.

& # 39; When I was a teenager, there were no role models when it came to body positivity – that was just nothing. Being thin was the thing, & said Camila.

& # 39; It's health that matters, not appearance, & # 39; she went on. & # 39; I make choices that are good for me – and not just in my body – but for my soul, for my mind. And sometimes that is eating ice cream because I want to eat ice cream. & # 39;

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