Actor Milana Vayntrub, who has portrayed salesperson Lily Adams for years in AT&T commercials, recently spoke out about body shaming and harassment—and why she chose to portray herself in a new way in advertisements.
Milana Vayntrub took to Twitter to talk to social media users who were questioning why Vayntrub had been positioned behind a desk during a recent commercial that aired during the NCAA Tournament.
“Been getting a lot of ‘Why are they placing her body like that in those ads?'” Vayntrub wrote on Twitter. “Well, I direct the ads. I place myself like that. And it’s because of the thousands of unwelcome comments I receive about my body. You’ve lost the privilege of looking at it until I feel safe again.”
This of course, meant that tons of people began commenting on her body in a complimentary way—because unfortunately, people are stupid and don’t understand that if a woman says please stop talking about my body, they need to stop talking about her body in all ways.
Jim Kimberly, director of corporate communications at AT&T, made a statement supporting Vayntrub: “We will not tolerate the inappropriate comments and harassment of Milana Vayntrub, the talented actor and director who portrays Lily in our ads.”
Vayntrub has made over 40 ads as Lily with the company from between 2013 to 2017, and her return in 2020 was very much looked forward to after a three-year hiatus.
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