An Open Letter to Sasha Pieterse

06/23/2015 04:38 pm ET | Updated Jun 18, 2016

Dear Sasha,

I recently read an article on Ryan Seacrest's FB page and couldn't help but think about the fact that we are ALL "Under Construction." Throughout our lives we make choices that lead us on the most epic ride of During our ride we encounter people, places and things that require choices and actions. Despite the fact that I love Pretty Little Liars and your complex character of Alison, I support your courage to speak out to those who feel the need to judge and tear you down. Society creates an illusion of "perfect" and young girls around the world use this seemingly pointless measure to compare each other, especially those who are in the media. Instead of getting off the ride we must have the confidence and self-worth in order to keep from falling off track.

We all are equipped with a unique thing called DNA. Girls tend to forget that our shape and size depends greatly on a genetic lottery, as I like to call it. I am very thin, not due to any dieting or exercise, but genetics. I've had the moments of being out with a group at a restaurant and if I leave to use the ladies room, I am called out (in a seemingly harmless way) and asked questions like "Did you just throw up?" "Oh, that's her secret to staying so skinny?" Why would anyone even think of such a thing? This mindset is largely due to media. Full focus is placed on photoshopped models, filtered Instagrams of epic proportions that leave girls believing that looking "perfect" is the answer to self-worth and love. No longer are our raw photos enough...we must alter the very person we are and this leaves girls feeling like they are not enough.

Your words remind us all that everyone has a story. I applaud your courage and the fact that you had to explain your subtle change in weight (I honestly didn't even notice) is an even greater reminder that it's time we girls start a new revolution of empowering each other instead of tearing each other down. I love that we are all so different and have unique abilities to offer as mentors to those who follow in our footsteps. Why not create a positive change where all girls know they are enough....with confidence and self-worth we are our own Superheroes!

To my incredible and loving fans, Words cannot express how amazed I am by you! I'm so thankful for the affection you have for me, Alison, and Pretty Little Liars! We/I wouldn't be able to make it happen without you! I get to do what I love every single day because of you guys! As a lot of you have noticed my body has gone through some changes, and I want to clear the air and give you an explanation. I have been facing a bad hormone imbalance that has thrown my body completely out of whack. I want to assure you that I'm healthy and getting everything back on track! A big thanks to all of you who have been in my corner! We live in such a judge mental society that puts every kind of flaw, including weight gain, in the same category. And for those of you who are struggling with any health problem, hormone imbalance, and weight gain of any sort I urge and encourage you to please deal with it in a healthy manor. YOU and YOUR health are what matters, not anyone else's opinions and assumptions of you. Getting healthy isn't just about working out and eating right (however extremely important) it's also about surrounding yourself with those who care about you and want to see you succeed and become the best you can be. I love every single one of you and I hold you all dear to my heart!

Sasha -

Rock on...Pretty Little Sasha

Lauren Galley