Daisy Ridley Posts Powerful Message About Self-Esteem: 'I Try to Think Good Thoughts Always'

Daisy Ridley Posts Message About Self-Esteem on Instagram
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04/19/2016 AT 01:30 PM EDT

Daisy Ridley is encouraging women to stop hiding behind social media and embrace their true selves.

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens star, 24, took to Instagram on Monday to share a powerful message about the importance of positive self-esteem.

Ridley posted a selfie that stated, "I woke up like this #nofilter #nomakeup" – but the caption told another story.

"3 of these statements aren't true," she wrote. "Social media is great but also a bit scary cause what people post is the most filtered, most carefully chosen and cleverly edited moments of their lives. And self esteem is a huge issue for people around the world."





Ridley revealed that while even she's been guilty of hiding her flaws on social media, she's learning to love herself and embrace her imperfections.

"My skin isn't great so I don't post no make up selfies, much as I'd like to; I have a trainer urging me on in workouts and don't include all the times I say 'I can't do it' and I don't smile all the time but I like to share the pictures where I am."

She said the key is to surround yourself with uplifting people and keep things "balanced."

"But I actually do love myself, I try to think good thoughts always and am surrounded by the most wonderful people," Ridley concluded. "So I'm keeping it balanced (like the Force, obvs). Just thought I'd say :)"



This isn't the first time the young star has spoken out about body positivity. She previously responded to negative comments after an Instagram user accused her of setting "unrealistic expectations."

"Real women are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave, have families, don't have families," she said. "I'm a 'real woman' like every other women in this world."
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