If you were alive and at all interested in pop culture in 2003, you probably remember Vanity Fair's "It's Totally Raining Teens!" issue. The cover featured all the hottest young starlets of the new millennium: Amanda Bynes, the Olsen twins, Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, Alexis Bledel, Evan Rachel Wood, Raven-Symone and Lindsay Lohan. But for Wood, the cover was anything but the fresh-faced celebration it was meant to be.
When one fan tweeted the cover, captioned "NEVER FORGET," Wood responded in a series of tweets Wednesday night, recalling the callous way the photo shoot stripped her of any agency and forced her into more provocative attire.
"I was almost in tears after this shoot. They tried that dress on me, I wasn't comfortable but they told me there was no time cause everyone else took up too much time with their fittings," Wood wrote. "Then I was given a choice on whether I wanted to wear flats or heels. I chose flats and was immediately handed heels and told they looked better. Then we were all lined up, stared at and approved. I was 15 and felt for the first time my identity being erased and the pressure to shut up and do what you are told. I felt like meat. Since then, I have found my voice again. Never again. #neverforget."
In addition to asking for flats, Wood also recalled that she "begged for pants," but instead was given a mini dress.
Wood went on to clarify that she has covered Vanity Fair since "and had a much different experience. It was quite lovely." When one fan asked Wood why the subsequent experience was so much better, she explained, "I think when you are young and inexperienced and shy you can be bullied more. I learned to say no."
But while Wood found her voice and has gone on to have a successful career, appearing in True Blood, Across the Universe and The Wrestler, many of the women she shared the cover with have not been as fortunate. One third of the women, Bynes, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Lohan, have struggled with eating disorders and made at least one trip to rehab.