Everybody has body issues, including some of Hollywood's biggest and brightest stars. Mayim Bialik, star of the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" is no exception.
Bialik plays Amy Farrah Fowler in the series. Just like her on-screen character, Bialik's personal clothing preferences are very modest.
"For many years, I have been outspoken about my desire to dress in certain ways on the red carpet: I don't wear strapless dresses, I prefer to cover my arms, and I don't wear mini-dresses. That's my choice," she wrote in her blog Grok Nation.
Bialik said that she has a "myriad" of reasons why she chooses to dress modestly, and one of these is her body issues.
"I always am super-critical of how I look, and - like many women - I constantly compare myself to what the media tells us is attractive: namely very skinny women who often have no curves, a body type that most average women - especially those who have given birth to children - do not (and will never) have," she admitted.
Bialik knows that a lot of Hollywood actresses hold the physical ideal, but she has come to terms with the fact that she is not like them. Because of this, Bialik wants to highlight her individuality and beliefs through her clothing choices.
"I don't look like most actresses and I know it. I choose clothing and fashion that I feel reflects my sense of style and my sense of comfort and discomfort in my own skin," she said.
At the same time, Bialik said she does not judge those who dress differently than her. She believes that her clothing preferences are not for everyone.
"If I choose to dress a certain way, that doesn't mean that I think people who don't dress like me are sluts," she clarified. "Women should be allowed to wear short skirts - or really, anything else they want - without being judged as 'wrong' for doing so."
People tend to get so defensive about their clothing preferences nowadays when people express their views about modest dressing. In doing so, Bialik stressed that "people who express socially conservative viewpoints shouldn't automatically be accused of slut-shaming."
There's also such a thing called "modesty-shaming," said Bialik, which people should try to avoid.
"Dress however you want. Really. I choose not to dress a certain way, but let's not make a fight where there isn't one. I'm not slut-shaming simply because I don't like to show a lot of skin," she said.