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I survived being sexualized as a child' - Actress Brooke Shields


57-year-old actress Brooke Shields has said that she is “amazed” she “survived” being sexualized at just 11 years old.

 Shields who teared up as she remembered being “catapulted into the world of adult sexuality” in the trailer for her two-part documentary called “Pretty Baby,” recounted how she was being called “the most photographed woman in the world,” being tagged an “iconic American beauty,” an “object of desire,”and a “sexualized child model.”

The documentary which explores her decades-long career in the spotlight, is named after one of her first movies where she plays a child prostitute, looked back at the times she felt that she was just a “pretty face.”

 In one instance, a male reporter dubbed her “an exquisite-looking young lady” and a “pretty girl” when she was just a pre-teen.

Then, at just 16 years old in 1981, she was chosen for the cover of Time Magazine as the face of the 80s era. Shocked, she asked, “Who decides that?” Shields also recalled, “I was struggling to find my own voice, I wasn’t told it was important to have agency.”

 However, once she found her confidence, she realized she could have her “own opinion” and her “own voice.” “Now, it’s like I’m allowed to be a human being,” she concluded at the end of the trailer.

 In the same documentary, the “Hannah Montana” alum revealed she was raped shortly after graduating from college in 1987.

 The actress who shares daughters Rowan, 19, and Grier, 16, with husband Chris Henchy, took a break from Hollywood to attend Princeton University in the 80s. Upon returning to the industry, she had dinner with a man to discuss possible acting projects. He, then, allegedly convinced her to go back to his hotel.

 Shields remembered, noting that he told her he was calling a cab, but returned to the room naked. She said; 

 “I go up to the hotel room, and he disappears for a while. I didn’t fight that much. I didn’t. I just absolutely froze. I thought one ‘No’ should’ve been enough, and I just thought, ‘Stay alive and get out,’ and I just shut it out.

“God knows I knew how to be disassociated from my body. I’d practiced that.”

The “Suddenly Susan” actress admitted she did not process the assault for several years and even placed the blame on herself for some time. 

 Shields added; 

 “He said to me, ‘I can trust you, and I can’t trust people.’ It’s so cliché, it’s practically pathetic.

“I believed somehow I put out a message, and that was how the message was received. I drank wine at dinner. I went up to the room. I just was so trusting.”





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