Young British star Daisy Ridley has decided to use her newfound ultra-fame as the lead in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for some good. On June 9, 2016, she took to Instagram with a candid face-mask selfie to open up about her struggle with endometriosis.
For those of you who are wondering, endometriosis is, "an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus -- the endometrium -- grows outside your uterus," via the Mayo Clinic.
The 24-year-old spoke about the side effects from her gynecological disease, dealing with pain and skin issues since her diagnoses at just 15 years old. But on a positive note, she mentioned that she had been making progress, and really just wanted to urge people to get help for their medical problems.
"My point is, to any of you who are suffering with anything, go to a doctor; pay for a specialist; get your hormones tested, get allergy testing; keep on top of how your body is feeling and don't worry about sounding like a hypochondriac," she wrote. "From your head to the tips of your toes we only have one body, let us all make sure ours our working in tip top condition, and take help if it's needed."
Daisy, who's set to star in the 2017 film "Star Wars: Episode VIII," isn't the first female star to make their voice heard and try to reach out to other ladies when it comes to this specific ailment. Here are six more strong women in Hollywood who've done the same.
1. Lena Dunham: In late 2015, Lena Dunham wrote a blog post called "The Sickest Girl" on Lenny Letter, describing her extensive battle with getting a handle on her endometriosis since her teen years, from wrong diagnoses to laproscopic surgeries. She recounted the painful episodes she endured, but overall, wanted to get a message across to women everywhere. "I would choose to be a woman. Any day, any way, any time. Being a woman is the best thing that ever happened to me," she explained. "But I also hope for a future in which the pain of teenage girls is fully investigated, taken as seriously as a broken leg. I hope for a world where illness isn't equated with weakness, where mental-health issues do not discount physical ones, because, guess what, we are complex beings." After all the struggling, Lena admitted that she came out the other end an even better woman, adding, "But I am strong because of what I've dealt with. I am oddly fearless for a wimp with no upper-body strength. And I am no longer scared of my body. In fact, I listen to it when it speaks. I have no choice but to respect what it tells me, to respect the strength of its voice and the truth of my own. Estrogen is high if you want it. And baby, I want it bad." In February 2016, she announced that she would have to take some time off from working on her HBO show "Girls" due to her ailment, but we all know it won't bring the thankful star down for long.
2. Padma Lakshmi: In 2009, the "Top Chef" host went to the lengths of co-founding the Endometriosis Foundation of America to help other women after she went undiagnosed for years as a teen, with her pain being overlooked as normal. "Nobody wants to talk about this stuff," she said. "It's an incredibly private subject for most women, and even more so for a teenage girl. If I had been diagnosed at 16, or 26 or even 32, I would have gained valuable time. I would have been able to be more present for my family and friends … [had] a greater capacity to advance professionally, and I would have also had a greater capacity for intimacy." Her purpose in speaking out? "I didn't want the next generation of women to go through what I went through, to feel betrayed by their own bodies or to feel alone."
3. Susan Sarandon: In 2011, the acclaimed actress spoke publicly about her struggle with endometriosis at EFA's 3rd Blossom event, encouraging women that it's not ok "to miss part of your life" due to the disease. She urged others to be aware and not ignore the signs and symptoms. "We have to make sure that you listen to what your body is telling you. If you have that kind of pain it is not normal, it does not have to be. Find somebody who will listen to you and make sure that they listen to you all the way."
4. Julianne Hough: In 2008, the professional dancer underwent surgery to remove an ovarian cyst caused by her endometriosis, and had to take a break from "Dancing with the Stars." She decided to speak to People magazine about her situation after realizing the importance of raising awareness to squash ignorance. "I didn't know if I wanted everyone to know about this, because it's such a personal thing," she told the mag. "Plus, people are uneducated about it, and I thought they might try to turn it into something it's not." She recovered nicely, and was back on the dance floor in no time.
5. Halsey: In January 216, the young singer, 21, took to Twitter to reach out to her fellow fans suffering with endometriosis. "If any of my fans or followers have #endometriosis having a rough time today. laying in bed thinking of you," she wrote, and let the world know that she was there if anyone needed to vent. "I have managed to live a wild, incredible, and unpredictable life with Endo, and I'm here for you! x."
6. Jaime King: In July 2014, the now mom of two wrote a note on Instagram detailing her fertility struggles due to gynecological issues, including endometriosis. She spoke about all that she endured trying to get pregnant from having "5 miscarriages" to "5 rounds of IVF [In vitro fertilization]" and "26 IUIs [Intrauterine insemination]." But also wanted to make sure that she was doing her best to help others get through it. "For all the women out there who think they are alone in this #youarenotalone #ihavetobebravetosupportothers #realtalkhatterrifiesus," she penned. Jaime has since given birth to two beautiful boys: James Newman and Leo Newman.
And, the list doesn't end here. There are a ton of female stars who suffer with this specific issue, including Jillian Michaels, Tia Mowry-Hardict, Dolly Parton, Whoopi Goldgberg, and even Hillary Clinton.