Evan Rachel Wood Reveals She felt like ‘Meat’ during 2003 Vanity Fair Cover Shoot

EDITORIAL: There is nothing to apologize for by speaking up about abuse and exploitation in the modeling/fashion industry. When the set is going in an inappropriate direction, models should be free to say something and bring things back to a professional environment. Otherwise, laws are broken and girls are victimized. Part of the problem that keeps girls quiet is being told they got paid good money for the job so being victimized was just part of the price they paid to get it. Victim blaming her for feeling commercially exploited not only re-victimizes the victim, it helps perpetrate the silence that protects criminals!

It’s time to weed out the bad in these industries so the good have a chance to flourish!

After a fan tweeted a photo of the cover on Wednesday, the actress responded that the photo shoot, which also included Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan, made her feel like her ‘identity (was) being erased.’

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Evan Rachel Wood attends a screening of ‘Charlie Countryman’ in New York in Nov. 2013. D Dipasupil/Film Magic Evan Rachel Wood attends a screening of ‘Charlie Countryman’ in New York in Nov. 2013.

Evan Rachel Wood has opened up about a troubling experience she had during a major Hollywood photo shoot.

When a fan tweeted a photo of a 2003 Vanity Fair cover that featured Wood and other female stars with the caption “never forget,” the actress responded Wednesday with a flurry of tweets about how it wasn’t as glamorous as it seemed.

“I was almost in tears after this shoot,” she tweeted about the photo session for the magazine’s “Young Hollywood” issue, which took place eleven years ago.

“They tried that dress on me, I wasn’t comfortable but they told me there was no time (because) everyone else took up too much time with their fittings.”

The 2003 cover of Vanity Fair included Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Amanda Bynes, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Evan Rachel Wood. Vanity Fair The 2003 cover of Vanity Fair included Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Amanda Bynes, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Evan Rachel Wood.

After noting that she was told to wear heels even though she preferred flats, the “Across the Universe” actress wrote that she and the other cover stars, who included Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Mandy Moore, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Alexis Bledel and Raven-Symone, were all “lined up, stared at and approved.”

“I was 15 and felt for the first time my identity being erased and the pressure to shut up and do what you are told,” she wrote.

“I felt like meat,” she added. “Since then, I have found my voice. Never again.”

But Wood, now 27, made sure to note that she has since “shot the cover of Vanity Fair … and had a much different experience. It was quite lovely.”

After Wood’s tweets caught the attention of fans and the media, she addressed her “haters” Friday on Twitter.

“I am not complaining about being on the cover of Vanity Fair,” she wrote. “I understand I am very privileged and there are far worse thing to go through. My point was that things aren’t always what they seem. Especially in this industry. What may seem glamorous sometimes comes at a price.”

Evan Rachel Wood Says She “Felt Like Meat” During 2003 Vanity Fair Shoot

“I only want to encourage other young girls to stay true to who they are,” she added. “No matter what. Hold on to yourself.”

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