Camila Mendes mustered up the courage to recall a childhood experience that has left her traumatised to date. The actor, who attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, shared that she was roofied and sexually assaulted during her first year at college. In her cover story for Women's Health, Mendes touched upon the gloomy phase of her. "I got the tattoo after my freshman year," Mendes said. "I had a very, very bad experience. I was roofied by someone who sexually assaulted me." She disclosed the tattoo is a reminder to "strengthen both her sense of self and the environment around her."
Now, when Mendes goes through a difficult time she thinks about what she can do physically for herself. "I danced for seven years, from age four to 11. Then I did musicals as a kid, then so much of acting school is movement classes and connecting your breath to your body. Activity has always been an important part of my life,” she stated.
Mendes feels it is important to give one’s body rest, even if that means giving up a day in the gym. “People sometimes put working out first and don't give their bodies rest," she shared. I'll always choose sleep first. I think it's just so underrated." Mendes earlier shared her ordeal with bulimia. "I've only recently gotten better. I needed professionals I trusted to tell me things that I didn't know." She concluded, "When I was a teenager, there were no role models when it came to body positivity—that simply was not a thing. Being thin was the thing. It's health that's important, not appearance. I make choices that are good for me—and not just in my body—but for my soul, for my mind. And sometimes that's eating ice cream because I want to eat ice cream."