Body shaming is a cruel reality in our everyday life. “She is so fat and ugly”, “he is so short and stout” are some remarks we get to hear around us, wherever we go. In fact, such body shaming results in negative body image issues in many teenagers and many of them resort to excessive dieting and even succumb to depression.
Bollywood is not free from Body Shaming!
What is even more shocking is that our celebrities from B-Town, who we all admire and look up to for beauty and confidence, are not free from constant Body Shaming. They are often subjected to many rude comments and become victims of social media humour.
The method they use to tackle this is to simply ignore such harsh comments. While many remain silent, some actors like Aditi Rao Hydari in the past have been vocal about it and have sent out very strong messages on why it is important to believe in oneself and not be bothered about what other’s think about their looks.
Zareen Khan said, “In spite of being so big I never let people’s comments or ideas about me bother me.“
Actress Zareen Khan also receives many ruthless comments on social media, about her looks and for her plump figure. Recently, the actress broke her silence and gave a perfect reply on why body shaming is wrong and how she has learnt to deal with it, despite being a victim for a long time.
Khan posted old pictures of her from her school and college days, along with a strong message to all going through Body Shaming.
Came across these pics of mine from school and college days. (White one was in std 9th & pink one was right after my std 12th exams). Whn I look at these pics I feel proud of myself today not tht I felt any lesser abt myself back then. Inspite of being so big I never let ppl's comments or ideas abt me bother me. Bcoz it's my life and my body and only I hav the right to decide wht I'm gonna do with it. Then one day I decided let me try how it feels to b a little lighter and hence started my weight loss journey. It wasn't easy at all bt everytime I looked at the Progress in the mirror I got the push to do more. I had lots more energy than before and I was loving every bit of this new person I was transforming into. Whn I became a part of this industry, I had lost all my weight … Infact I was asked to put on weight Fr my first film to look the character. Unfortunately I was criticised to no end Fr my weight bt again I never let tht get to me. How cud I ? Those ppl had not seen me like the way I am in these pics here. And Fr me everything was jus an achievement to reach frm where I was to where I am. I continued on my fitness journey irrespective Bcoz fitness Fr me is a way of life now. Along with the weight loss came a lot of stretch marks bt instead of feeling ashamed of it and trying to hide it , I believe in flaunting it . It makes me feel like a tigress with her stripes. I have come a long way in this journey of fitness and I still hav a long way to go… Bt it's always been only Fr myself and not Bcoz of ppl shaming me ! #IWillBeMe #MondayMotivation #SayNoToBodyShaming #LoveYourself
She adds, “…it’s my life and my body and only I have the right to decide what I’m gonna do with it.”
Zareen’s story proves that Society’s opinions on body image should not stop you from becoming what you want to be. She is a perfect example and right motivation to all teenagers out there, who are victims of Body Shaming and have resorted to many harmful ways of looking “beautiful” in the eyes of the society.