Ashley Benson: ‘I Get Told All the Time to Lose Weight’

02/09/2016 at 09:49 AM ET

Ashley Benson
Health Magazine

Ashley Benson has been told she’s too overweight for certain roles – even though she’s a size 2.

“It’s come up a few times in the last few years, like, ‘You’re too fat for this,’ ” she told Health magazine in the March 2016 issue. “I get told all the time to lose weight. I’m just sitting here like, ‘Wait, what? Do you want a skeleton?’ ”

Despite pressure to be thinner, the Pretty Little Liars star, 26, says she is happy with the size that she is.

“I feel good,” she said. “I don’t want to lose 20 lbs., because I don’t need to. I’m a size 2, but I think that size 4 is healthy. I think that all of these sizes are healthy.”

While she fully accepts her figure, Benson said she would gladly switch bodies with Jenna Dewan-Tatum.

“She is, like, the cutest thing,” she said. “Her body right now is so incredible – and she’s had a kid! I would obviously [also switch with], like, every supermodel, like Candice Swanepoel and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – but that is just so not my body.”

If she’s having a day where her body confidence is a little off, Benson resorts to wearing a certain undergarment.

Ashley Benson
Health Magazine

“If I have to go to an event and I’m not feeling my best? Spanx all the way,” she said. “Even if you don’t need them!”

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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Peachy on

Lose weight? I think it’s time we start arresting every person in the biz who tells someone that.

cjm on

That’s crazy! Size 2 IS NOT FAT! Her body is enviable and she is beautiful. Hollywood is seriously messed up.

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Rose on

I’m sorry but there’s no way she’s a size 2, I’m not calling her fat but I think she’s more of a 6/8

Dawn on

These vanity sizes are insane and making everything even worse! Even if she’s a 6/8, there’s not a thing wrong with her! When is the industry going to stop peddling this ridiculous ideal and people stop buying into it 😦

SouthernGirl on

I think now she is a size 2. Did you see her in Pixels. She looked amazing and definitely a size 2.

Montana Mom on

Who gives a rats a$$ what size she is. She looks good and healthy and the “people” in the biz who say she is too fat should be slapped in the head and punched in the pie holes!

really on

She looks fantastic. Healthy and not sickly. She doesn’t need to lose an ounce.

Just Saying on

She talks about body acceptance yet would switch with several different people.

AnnaStanne on

I worked in Latin America and saw the most beautiful women of all races. None were skinny and their beautiful curves were celebrated.

It is the homosexual males in European-American fashion who want women to look like 12 year old boys.
A Swedish diet gives the best body without being too skinny. HERE

drgrady on

It’s sickening to learn a size 2 woman is told to lose weight.

Anne on

I worked in fashion in Latin America and I saw the most beautiful women with real curves and their bodies were celebrated by all.

It is the homosexual males in European-American fashion that want women to look like 12 year old boys.

The Swedish have great bodies and lose excess fat by eating good fats. They are not skin, they look healthy and fit. See here

Debbie on

I hope she knows she is just fine the way she is!!

Trisg on

Everytime someone gives advice telling someone to lose weight they should be held accountable if the person develops an eating disorder or suffers any other mental distress associated with it. It’s very personal, and no one should be giving advice or even talking about someone’s weight.

Sally on

If she is actually a size 2, I really, really doubt anyone is telling her to lose 20 pounds. I’m sorry but I find this incredibly hard to believe.

Sally on

If she’s a size 2, I find it incredibly hard to believe someone would tell her to “lose 20 pounds”.


Aicila on

Rose is a mad girl lol…Benzo is totally a 2. She’s tiny. I’ve actually worked with her on PLL in the past.

j on

I have a relative with her body type. I can believe she’s a size 2. It’s her shape. From the waist down she’s very thin but her stomach area is heavier which makes her appear to weigh more. She most likely wears a size 2 bottom and a size 4 or 6 top. Nothing wrong with that. I myself am the complete opposite. I can wear a size 8 bottom with a size 4 top.

Susan on

I can understand why she gets it. She has no official waist and is boxy in the torso. I’m not calling her fat, but her body type gives her the illusion of being bigger. This cover is obviously fixed to give her curves, but look at photos of her in a bikini online and you will see her boxy shape.

bs on

I don’t believe her. Not for one second. She’s trying to start something to get herself more attention.

CC on

She isn’t a 6/8 cause I am and I am bigger than her.

GinaG on

She’s just looking for the constant stroking and affirmations that all these actors desperately crave…it’s really quite disingenuous.

nelle on

Wow, Hollyweird creates some very insecure people. They won’t be happy until women look the walking dead, then they will be thin enough for them.

Shonie on

You look amazing you don’t need to lose weight you’re perfect just the way to are!

Amelie on

What?? She looks great!! I wish I was slim like her….I tried many diets with no success at all.

Now I hope i have find the right combo – eat healthy stuff, exercise a lot and support it with these natural pills –

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