AT&T’s Lily Adams: Why Milana Vayntrub Won’t Show Body in Commercials Anymore

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Again and again, we hear women in the spotlight speak out against the ridicule and negative remarks directed at their bodies.

Too fat, too skinny, too much cellulite, too many wrinkles… just a few of the comments internet trolls make on social media and online threads.

This is not new; it’s a sad phenomenon that has targeted women and celebrities for decades. Fortunately, fewer people are willing to stay quiet and are standing up for themselves.

Milana Vayntrub, the talented actress who starred in Ghostbusters, Californication, and AT&T commercials, was recently the target of such ridicule and took a stand to put a stop to it.

Who is Milana Vayntrub?

The actress was born in Uzbekistan on March 8, 1987. As a child, she moved to the United States with her Jewish parents to escape religious persecution.

Milana Vayntrub, pictured at the 2014 Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards, moved to the US with her Jewish parents to escape religious persecutionMilana Vayntrub, pictured at the 2014 Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards, moved to the US with her Jewish parents to escape religious persecution (Credit: WENN / Bridow)

She started her career at a very young age, taking on minor roles in television shows like ER, Days of Our Lives, and Lizzie McGuire and starring in a Barbie commercial. These minor roles helped pay the family’s bills but weren’t life-altering.

It wasn’t until she started her YouTube channel, which quickly gained millions of views, that she began to see success. The YouTube comedy show featured her and Stevie Nelson. The two would write and act out funny shorts displaying her superior comedic abilities.

This helped Milana land her now-infamous role as Lily Adams in AT&T commercials. The long-running ad campaign features Milana as an AT&T saleswoman named Lily, who is friendly and a bit quirky at times.

The commercials first aired in 2013 and ran until 2016. They recently made a comeback with refreshed pandemic-related material in 2020.

Milana Vayntrub is known for playing AT&T salesperson Lily James in AT&T commercialsMilana Vayntrub is known for playing AT&T salesperson Lily James in AT&T commercials (Credit: YouTube / AT&T)

In 2014 she appeared in one episode of Californication alongside David Duchovny, and between 2016 and 2017, she played Sloane Sandburg in the award-winning television series This is Us.

In July 2017, she was cast in the lead role as Marvel Comics superheroine Squirrel Girl in the New Warriors.

This was a television series meant for Freeform, though they ended up passing on the show and were unable to secure another network, ultimately canceling the show. Although she was only featured in the pilot, she voiced Squirrel Girl in the Marvel Rising franchise.

Milana Vayntrub dresses as AT&T salesperson Lily James at the Wondercon 2019 Marvel Rising photocallMilana Vayntrub dresses as AT&T salesperson Lily James at the Wondercon 2019 Marvel Rising photocall on March 30, 2019 (Credit: Tony Forte / WENN)

In addition to the big screen, Milana has a prominent web career. She has appeared in several CollegeHumor originals, Daddy Knows Best, and Wrestling isn’t Wrestling in addition to her own series, Let’s Talk About Something Interesting, on her channel LivePrudeGirls, which has featured plenty of guests, including Matt Damon and BJ Novak.

Although the channel still exists, the last video was published eight years ago. Sadly, these videos are now getting the attention of the wrong people and for all the wrong reasons.

Milana Vayntrub Facts

How much is Milana Vayntrub's net worth?She is a Soviet-born American actress, comedian, writer, director, and producer with a net worth of $3 million.
Full Name:Milana Aleksandrovna Vayntrub
Born:March 8, 1987, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Who is Milana Vayntrub in a relationship with?She was in a relationship with John Mayer (2006 - 2007) but is currently not known to be dating anyone.
How tall is Milana Vayntrub?5′ 3″ (160 cm)
Feet/Shoe Size:8 (US)
How old is Milana Vayntrub?She turned 34 on March 8, 2021, and will turn 35 on March 8, 2022.
Is Milana Vayntrub married? No, she's apparently single and is not believed to have any children.
Source of Wealth:Film and television
What is Milana Vayntrub doing now?In 2021, she starred as Cecily Moore in the 2021 American comedy horror film Werewolves Within.

Subjected to a Wave of Online Sexual Harassment

Milana has always kept a pretty low profile but started to receive some unwanted attention and remarks after returning to her role as Lily Adams in the AT&T commercials in 2020. On March 20, 2021, she addressed it on Twitter.

Milana Vayntrub hits back at bashers for unwanted remarks about her body following the release of her AT&T commercial last yearMilana Vayntrub hits back at bashers for unwanted remarks about her body following the release of her AT&T commercial last year

Despite saying she didn’t want to receive comments about her body, the tweet received over 2000 replies, with many comments on her hairstyle and calling her “beautiful,” “cute,” and “sexy.”

This isn’t the first time she has dealt with online harassment. A year earlier, revealing college photos were published online without her consent. They were taken at a pool party over a decade ago, and she went on her Instagram Live to say how she didn’t consent to this.

In the Live, she said that she was hurting, “And it’s bringing up a lot of feelings of sexual assault.” These pictures continue to be posted online, with more appearing this week on Reddit.

In her latest AT&T ad campaign that promotes the NCAA Tournament, she is seated behind a desk, only revealing the upper half of her body.

This is different from previous ads where she stood in front of the camera. After this move, some speculated that this was all because she was hiding a secret pregnancy or weight gain.

Milana Vayntrub is best known for playing perky saleswoman Lily Adams in a series of AT&T television commercialsMilana Vayntrub is best known for playing perky saleswoman Lily Adams in a series of AT&T television commercials (Credit: FayesVision / WENN)

AT&T has stood by Milana through this ordeal. The Director of Corporate Communications at AT&T released the following statement to Insider:

“We will not tolerate the inappropriate comments and harassment of Milana Vayntrub, the talented actor and director who portrays Lily in our ads. Last summer, we disabled or deleted these comments on our social sites. We continue to fight to support her and our values, which appreciate and respect all women”.

AT&T recently shared a picture of Milana on their Instagram page, which was soon flooded with sexual harassment and lude remarks. AT&T eventually turned the comments off. In the past years, there have been several objectifying memes and edited personal photos circulating the internet. It’s been disturbing and unsettling for Milana and anyone who witnesses it.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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There are recent comments on her old YouTube channel sexually harassing Milana on videos nearly a decade old. Those engaging in the harassment are often commenting “milk” or leaving milk emojis, a remark directed at her breasts.

Much more than an AT&T spokeswoman

Although most recognize Milana as the AT&T spokeswoman, she is also an activist. In January 2016, she visited Greece and met with refugee families who had fled the Syrian Civil War.

Upon her return to the US, she co-founded a website and social media movement called #Can’tDoNothing to direct attention to the European migrant crisis.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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She has said that her own family’s history has helped fuel her initiatives. She was just two years old when her Jewish parents were forced to flee Uzbekistan. In 2018, she sat down during Social Media Week LA for a panel discussion on using social media platforms for advocacy.

At this panel, she was asked about trolls, and after acknowledging how they can be exhausting, she said she tries to approach it with the understanding that people operate from different values. It seems as if her outlook was a little more understanding in 2018 as she had not yet experienced the disgusting displays of harassment that she endured last year.

When Milana was asked about being an activist, she said, “One of the things I’ve been thinking about a lot more is how we talk about ourselves as progressives or people fighting tolerance. A lot of people on the Left think that we’re ‘fighting the good fight.’ But we can’t be the good guys and fight dirty. You have to check yourself. If we’re fighting for inclusion for people of color, the LGBTQ community, refugees, just to name a few, you have to actually include them in your life and put yourself in places rather than just tweet. We need to make sure that our in-real-life values line up with our social ones and vice versa”.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Milana has a strong presence on social media and shares posts on various social and political issues. On Instagram, she has just under 1 million followers and, for the most part, keeps comments on, although they are likely filtered.

On TikTok, she currently has 553,000 followers – an awe-inspiring feat considering she has only posted six videos, one of which is a behind-the-scenes look at filming an AT&T commercial.

Her most recent TikToks don’t show her body either. Although older TikToks are still up, the recent videos are just of her face speaking into the camera.

Milana Vayntrub’s net worth

With a long-standing career, Milana Vayntrub has done quite well for herself. Because of her commercials, acting, writing, and directing roles, her estimated net worth is believed to be around $3 million.

From her social media, it looks as if she also takes on advertisement gigs and promotes posts for different companies.

The pandemic has put a halt on television and film production, so it’s not clear what projects she is working on now or will be featured in, in the future.

Milana Vayntrub has an estimated net worth of $3 millionMilana Vayntrub has an estimated net worth of $3 million (Credit: WENN / FayesVision)

Although it doesn’t appear as though the sexual harassment has stopped completely, it does seem to have died down a bit. It is very sad and unfortunate that she felt she had to take the action she did by hiding her body in AT&T ads.

Milana is supported by a large community of fans that want the best for her physical and mental well-being and who will continue to support her no matter what.

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