SNL's Aidy Bryant Talks Self-Acceptance, Body Positivity Activism

The Saturday Night Live star is all about body positivity these days, but her journey to self-acceptance took a while.

Aidy Bryant opened up about her past struggles during a candid interview with The Cut, published on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. "I was spending so much energy on something that really, no matter what I did, wasn't changing," Bryant began, revealing how she spent much of her teenage years focused on losing weight. "And I truly got to a breaking point. I was like, 'How much longer can I do this? Can I do this for the rest of my life?'"

"I finally was like, 'What if I put all of that energy into just trying to like myself and focus on the things I actually want to do as opposed to this thing that's like a made-up concept?' And I'm not kidding, my entire life changed after I did that," the 30-year-old comedian continued. "Within two years, I was hired by Second City; two years later I was hired by SNL. I stopped letting it be an all-day, everyday thing that defined everything that I did. And it worked."

But after joining the cast of SNL in 2012, Bryant felt her old insecurities return during a "humiliating" photo shoot with castmates Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong. She was given a "matronly mother-of-the-bride dress," while they had "racks of clothes" and "thousand-dollar dresses" to choose from. "Those were the first times where I was like, 'Something is different here and this isn't fair," the Girls actress said, adding, "It lit a f**king fire in me."

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Bryant, who announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend Conner O'Malley in April, is now using her platform to foster change, and is in the process of creating a clothing line for women who wear sizes 12-24. "I didn't try to get on SNL to be a body-positivity activist, but apparently just being there makes you one," she explained. "It's this weird kind of thing where you're like, I guess I kind of am. It's literally just not what I came here to do."

"It sounds so corny now, but representation does f**king matter," Bryant concluded. Well said!