Millie Bobby Brown criticises 'sexualisation' she's experienced as she turns 16

Millie Bobby Brown has marked her 16th birthday by sharing a powerful message addressing the online criticism and sexualisation she's received growing up in the spotlight.

The 'Stranger Things' actor marked her milestone birthday on Instagram with a video montage of clips of her over recent years and some of the headlines she's faced.

Alongside the video, which featured Justin Bieber's new song Changes, the British actress penned a caption calling for change.

"16 has felt like a long time coming. I feel like change needs to happen for not only this generation but the next. Our world needs kindness and support in order for us children to grow and succeed," she wrote.

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Millie Bobby Brown has called out the online abuse and sexualisation she's received. Pictured here at the Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards January 2020 (Getty)

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The actor also called out the social media abuse and inappropriate comments she's received growing up in the public gaze.

"The last few years haven't been easy, I'll admit that," she wrote.

"There are moments I get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualisation, and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me."

But, despite her frustration, the young star is determined not to let it get her down, she just hopes shining a light on what goes on away from the cameras could help bring about change.

She added: "but not ever will I be defeated. ill continue doing what I love and spreading the message in order to make change. let's focus on what needs changing and I hope this video informs you on the things that go on behind the scenes of the headlines and flashing lights.

"Don't worry I'll always find a way to smile ;) leggo 16 [SIC]," she ended her post.

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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 28: Millie Bobby Brown attends the premiere of Netflix's "Stranger Things" Season 3 on June 28, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 28: Noah Schnapp and Millie Bobby Brown attend the "Stranger Things" Season 3 World Premiere on June 28, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 28: (L-R) Noah Schnapp and Millie Bobby Brown attend the premiere of Netflix's "Stranger Things" Season 3 on June 28, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 28: (L-R) Millie Bobby Brown and Sadie Sink attend the premiere of Netflix's "Stranger Things" Season 3 on June 28, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 27: Millie Bobby Brown arrives at Louis Vuitton Unveils Louis Vuitton X: An Immersive Journey at Louis Vuitton X on June 27, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 27: Millie Bobby Brown attends Louis Vuitton X Opening Cocktail on June 27, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Louis Vuitton)
LONDON - JUNE 18: The Late Late Show with James Corden broadcasting from London with guests Lily James and Millie Bobby Brown. Airing June 18th, 2019 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) (Photo by Craig Sugden/CBS via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Millie Bobby Brown attends GODZILLA II King of the Monsters at Cineworld Leicester Square on May 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for Warner Bros)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Millie Bobby Brown attends GODZILLA II King of the Monsters at Cineworld Leicester Square on May 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for Warner Bros)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Millie Bobby Brown attends GODZILLA II King of the Monsters at Cineworld Leicester Square on May 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for Warner Bros)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26: Actress Millie Bobby Brown attends the "Godzilla II - Roi des Monstres" Premiere at Le Grand Rex on May 26, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Edward Berthelot)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26: Actress Millie Bobby Brown attends the "Godzilla II - Roi des Monstres" Premiere at Le Grand Rex on May 26, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Edward Berthelot)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 1074 -- Pictured: Actress Millie Bobby Brown during an interview on May 22, 2019 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 1074 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Millie Bobby Brown and host Jimmy Fallon during "Beat Battle" on May 22, 2019 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 18, 2019 English actress Millie Bobby Brown arrives to attend the world premiere of "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. - Warner Bros.' "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" stomped to the top of the box-office in its opening weekend in North American theaters, taking in an estimated $49 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported. But analysts called the creature feature's debut disappointing. Its total for the three-day weekend came in far behind the studio's previous "Godzilla" installment (which opened in 2014 with $93 million), and the new film cost $200 million to make. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MAY 18: Millie Bobby Brown attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures' "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 18, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 15: Millie Bobby Brown is seen upon arrival at Haneda airport on May 15, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 13: English actress Millie Bobby Brown (L) and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi attend a press conference of film 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' on May 13, 2019 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 20: Millie Bobby Brown attends Moncler Genius Show - One House Different Voices - Milan Fashion Week Autumn / Winter 2019/20 on February 20, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images for Moncler )
United Nations, New York, November 20 2018 - Actress Millie Bobby Brown briefs press on the importance of empowering children, as part of UNICEFs commemoration of World Children's Day. The briefing also served to announce Brown's appointment as UNICEF's newest (and youngest ever) Goodwill Ambassador today at the UN Headquarters in New York. (Photo by Luiz Rampelotto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING OBSERVATOR, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/11/20: Millie Bobby Brown wearing dress by Altuzarra and jacket by Moncler new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador lights Empire State Building in blue to honor World Children's Day at ESB Observatory. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Actress Millie Bobby Brown arrives for the TIME 100 Gala in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Millie Bobby Brown attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Millie Bobby Brown attends the #NETFLIXFYSEE For Your Consideration 'Stranger Things' Event on May 19, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Millie Bobby Brown speaks onstage at the Warner Bros. 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' theatrical panel during Comic-Con International 2018 at San Diego Convention Center on July 21, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 25: Millie Bobby Brown speaks onstage at The Paley Center for Media's 35th Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles - 'Stranger Things' at Dolby Theatre on March 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Millie Bobby Brown attends The 2018 PaleyFest screening of Netflix's 'Stranger Things' at the Dolby Theater on March 25, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: *** EDITORIAL USE ONLY IN RELATION TO THE BRIT AWARDS 2018 *** Millie Bobby Brown attends The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/FilmMagic)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 20: Millie Bobby Brown is seen at the Moncler Genius event during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018/19 on February 20, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Millie Bobby Brown attends the Calvin Klein Collection during New York Fashion Week at New York Stock Exchange on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actress Millie Bobby Brown attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Millie Bobby Brown arrives at the 24th Annual Screen Actors-Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: In this handout photo provided by Netflix, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown and Gaten Matarazzo attend the Netflix Golden Globes after party at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Netflix via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Millie Bobby Brown arrives at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Actress Millie Bobby Brown attends the Build Series to discuss her show 'Stranger Things' at Build Studio on October 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0765 -- Pictured: Actress Millie Bobby Brown arrives for an interview on October 31, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actress Millie Bobby Brown arrives at the premiere of Netflix's 'Stranger Things' Season 2 at Regency Bruin Theatre on October 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 27: Millie Bobby Brown visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 27, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Millie Bobby Brown arrives at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Millie Bobby Brown attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Millie Bobby Brown arrive at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Millie Bobby Brown takes the hand of actor O' Shea Jackson Jr, before they pose for photographers upon arrival at the screening for Godzilla II: King of the Monsters, at a central London cinema, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
En esta foto del 19 de mayo del 2019, Kyle Chandler, a la izquierda, y Millie Bobby Brown posan en el hotel London en West Hollywood, California, para promover su nueva película, "Godzilla: King of the Monsters". (Foto por Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)
Millie Bobby Brown arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Godzilla: King of The Monsters" on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the TCL Chinese Theatre. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actress Millie Bobby Brown appears at a ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building honoring UNICEF's World Children's Day on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Millie Bobby Brown arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
EXCLUSIVE - Millie Bobby Brown appears in the Lindt Chocolate Lounge at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Millie Bobby Brown attends the NYFW Spring/Summer 2019 Calvin Klein fashion show at 205 W. 39th Street on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Millie Bobby Brown arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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Since sharing her post, Bobby Brown has been flooded with messages of support, encouraging the star to keep being her.

"You're showing tremendous poise in this business that has such built in scrutiny!" actress Octavia Spencer wrote.

"Enjoy every facet of being 16. Trust me it doesn't stop even when you're 35 like me. Ok I'm NOT 35. But hang in there sweetie."

"People will always try to knock you down...Lucky for us you're stronger than them!!!" another post read.

"You are amazingly inspirational to everyone!" another agreed. "Especially young women!! You seem to be yourself in everything you do! That is incredibly hard to do with everyone criticising you all of the time!! Keep doing you girl!"

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Millie Bobby Brown has addressed some of the difficulties she's faced growing up in the spotlight. Pictured here in November 2019 (Getty)

Last year, Evan Rachel Wood called out Paris Hilton for calling Millie Bobby Brown "hot".

After sharing a picture of herself on Instagram in a leopard print silk summer dress, Paris Hilton commented "that's hot" under Millie Bobby Brown's post.

This prompted Evan Rachel Wood to remind Paris Hilton that Millie Bobby Brown was, at the time, 15.

Bobby Brown became one of the youngest nominees in Emmy history when, aged 13, she was shortlisted for her performance in 'Stranger Things.'

This article originally appeared on Yahoo UK
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