Brooke Shields On Being Sexualized Early in Her Career: ‘I Survived’

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Brooke Shields shared more insight about her life in a new trailer for her documentary Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields. In the latest trailer for her new Hulu documentary, the model and actress gave her fans an inside into how she felt after being sexualized as a young actress

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“The entirety of my life it was, ‘she’s a pretty face,’ over and over and over and over again, and that always seared me,” the 57-year-old stated in the trailer. The two-part documentary is said to reflect on her career working as a child model at just 11-months-old and the impact of being cast in Louis Malle’s film Pretty Baby at the young age of 12, before starring in The Blue Lagoon and Endless Love,  later becoming the face of Calvin Klein jeans in the 1980s.

The trailer goes on to show two sides of her image early on in her career with several voices calling her an “object of desire,” an “Iconic American Beauty” and a vulnerable “Sexualized child model” who had suffered from exploitation. 

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“She was catapulted into the world of adult sexuality,” a voice in the trailer says, describing Shields as a “young girl in an all adult world.” That’s when the trailer cuts to Shields crying, admitting “I’m amazed that I survived any of it.”

“I was struggling to find my own voice,” she stated. “I wasn’t told it was important to have agency.”

Shields took some time off from Hollywood after attending college at Princeton, later returning to the entertainment industry after she found her identity and her own voice. “I found my confidence and thought I can have my own opinion,” she stated. “Aw hell no, you’re not taking this away from me… Now it’s like I’m allowed to be a human being.”

Speaking with People early last week, the actress stated that she is also expected to shed some light on her own harrowing experience in the documentary which includes being sexually assaulted by a powerful executive in Hollywood when she was in her 20s. 

“It’s taken me a long time to process it. I’m more angry now than I was able to be then. If you’re afraid, you’re rightfully so. They are scary situations. They don’t have to be violent to be scary,” she stated. 

She decided to share her experience with “ hopes of helping people not feel alone.”

“Everybody processes their own trauma on a different timeline. I want to be an advocate for women to be able to speak their truth,” she concluded.

Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields is set to stream on Hulu on April 3rd.

Read More: Brooke Shields Says She Broke Up  with Now-Husband Chris Henchy After She Wanted to ‘Sow My Oats’

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