A human body, be it slim, fat, plump, chubby or thin, ultimately is the almighty’s creation. So please understand that no one in this world has been given the right to ridicule or insult his creation.
As philosophical it can sound, this concept is still not drilled into certain people’s head and it results in them body shaming or fat shaming their peers. Not for one moment do they think how hurtful it can get when the opposite person gets body shamed for his or her body type.
Nevertheless, now a day’s celebrities have come forward showing their not so beautiful body part so that the society realizes the grave danger behind the idea of body shaming or fat shaming.
Here are 7 celebrities who have proudly fought against body shaming and who has shown the reality behind the fake glamorous world of movies:
1. Sonam Kapoor
This is what Sonam Kapoor has to say all the young teenage girls who are thriving and striving to look like their favourite celebrities
So, for every teen girl leaning into her bedroom mirror, wondering why she doesn’t look like a celebrity: Please know that nobody wakes up like this. Not me. Not any other actress. (Not even Beyoncé. I swear.) Here’s the real deal: Before each public appearance, I spend 90 minutes in a makeup chair. Three to six people work on my hair and makeup, while a professional touches up my nails. My eyebrows are tweezed and threaded every week. There’s concealer on parts of my body that I could never have predicted would need concealing. I’m up at 6am every day and at the gym by 7:30. I exercise for 90 minutes and, some evenings, again before bed. It’s someone’s full-time job to decide what I can and cannot eat. There are more ingredients in my face packs than in my food. There’s a team dedicated to finding me flattering outfits. After all that, if I’m still not “flawless” enough, there are generous servings of Photoshop. I’ve said it before, and I will keep saying it: It takes an army, a lot of money, and an incredible amount of time to make a female celebrity look the way she does when you see her. It isn’t realistic, and it isn’t anything to aspire to. Aspire to confidence. Aspire to feel pretty and carefree and happy, without needing to look any specific way. And the next time you see a 13-year-old girl gazing wistfully at a blemish-free, shiny-haired Bollywood actress on a magazine cover, but the myth of flawlessness for her. Tell her how beautiful she is. Praise her smile or her laugh or her mind or her gait. Don’t let her grow up believing that she’s flawed, or that there’s anything she’s lacking for looking different from a woman on a billboard. Don’t let her hold herself to a standard that’s too high, even for the women on the billboards.
Hats off to Sonam Kapoor for coming out with the real truth behind the glowing flawless skin and curvy bodies of the celebrities. It simply goes to show what a down to earth person she is. So people do not feel upset or degraded when there is an acne outburst on your face or if you have grown few inches extra on your hips. And most importantly do not let anyone shame you for the way you are.
2. Ileana D’Cruz
Ileana D’cruz was body shamed at a tender age of 12 which made her feel very insecure. For those who body shamed Ileana this is what she has to say:
“The only thing that’s in your control is you and how you think about yourself. So I would constantly just tell people your opinion about yourself is what matters the most. The hell with the world, the hell with what they think. Only your opinion matters. You are someone who is going to live with your body. There are days when I am like, ‘I don’t like this. Is my stomach too bloated?’ But now I am like, ‘No it’s fine, there’s a uterus in there so it’s fine. It’s alright. It’s not gonna be flat,” She further went on to say that
“I don’t have an ‘awkward’ body. Nobody does. I have been criticised for my body type, but I am trying to learn to love myself for who I am and not try to conform to someone else’s ideals.“
That’s the way to handle it; you do not have live, walk and talk according to someone else’s principles. Frame your own and walk within it… your confidence levels will automatically soar high. Well done Ileana!
3. Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan is one of the most brilliant actresses who have created her own space in the Indian film industry, and the one who gives more importance to her skill than to her body. Her carefree attitude with high confidence levels has helped her touch the pinnacle of success. When she was asked about her weight gain and how she was body shamed many a times, this was what she had to say:
“(There was) a part of my life, I was in a battle with my body. I was angry with it, hated it, and I wanted it to change because I thought if my body changed, then I would be acceptable to everyone. I would be worthy of love. But even at my thinnest, when I managed to lose a lot of weight (it happened a few times) I realised that I wasn’t fully acceptable to everyone. So really there’s no point in trying to change yourself to suit others’ needs and ideals.I began to accept and respect my body, and it’s been a long journey. I find myself happier, I feel beautiful. I think the best gift I have given to myself is that I won’t let anyone make me feel differently about my body today”
This dialogue of Vidya Balan gives a clear understanding on how one should not be ashamed of their body type and how one should accept the way they are.
4. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Can you believe that one of the most beautiful women in the world-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was body shamed? But they way she handled the entire situation was commendable and praise worthy. This is what Ash had to say when she put on weight after her delivery:
“When I became a mother, it was the most beautiful feeling in the world. There were several hormonal changes within, but it didn’t change anything. And way before all this, whenever people would ask me fashion or trend-based questions, I’d always tell them to be comfortable in their skin. At least now you know I meant it and it wasn’t just for the quote (smiles). I believed it when I said that positivity is so much more than negativity and it can help to ease the crushing impacts of that. Be your best friend and in being so, be brutally honest to yourself. Sometimes, when you are down, you need to reach out to those people who you think can connect with you and comfort you enough.”
This goes to show that there is lot of things in your life that needs more priority than your body type. When you become a mother, you are filled with responsibilities of your child and you do not have time to adjust your body parts to look good. Another important point is that the only way to stay away from body shamers is to be around those people who can easily connect with your heart and mind.
Kaniha is an Indian film actress who mainly works in the South Indian film industry. Kaniha recently posted her experience on body shaming when she walked the ramp with the pregnancy stretch marks on her tummy. She did not bother to hide it by concealing the marks with make up or adhere to any kind of surgeries. When she was criticised and body shamed by the public and the media, this is what she had to say
“A few years back I walked the ramp for designer Sanjana jon at the CIFW…The cause being walk for the girl child. It was a pleasant experience. I was given a gorgeous black lehenga..I was a mother of a 3 year old then..So obviously my abdomen dint look tight and flawless( I am against surgeries to enhance beauty…just feel it’s against nature)So that being said I decided to embrace those strechm arks on my tummy and not conceal them with make up and walk the ramp…and yes I did.. Like always there were thrashers who messaged me…who insulted me. spoke ill of my looks ..questioned my intentions .Did I care????Absolutely not…because I am proud of those marks..It has stories to tell…some of them even appreciated me.. So a big shout out to all the mommies out there…love your body..we earned these marks of love..whether you choose to flaunt it is your choice but never feel bad for having them….”
Kudos to Kaniha for naming the stretch marks on her body as ‘marks of love’ and why not. These marks are because you have bought a beautiful life into this world. So you should be flaunting them and not hiding it from the world.
6. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra- a name that has made our country proud and has carried the pride across the seven seas. Well even she was body shamed and was criticized of a disproportionate nose and body type. This is what she had to say
“Before I became an actress, I met a producer-director about the possibility of acting and I was a beauty pageant winner at that time. I was Miss World. And he said everything was wrong about me – that my nose was not proportionate, that the shape of my body is not proportionate.
Yes, this is my original nose. Please tell everyone that because people think I have a lot of things done. Please, just say that. There’s such a false perception of what women should look like and what our body should look like, especially when we are in the business. You put on a couple of pounds and people are like body-shaming you. It happens. Christmas happens to all of us. I have Diwali, I have Holi, I have like a hundred holidays that happen to me. So my body fluctuates, and you know what? I’m fine with it”
Simply understand that god has given you a body that can fluctuate according to your food habits and health regime. The only thing you have to do is stay healthy and be happy.
7. Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian, one of the most celebrated American Tv personalities was body shamed for post pregnancy weight and this was her giveback on the comments made:
“Anyone who has had a baby knows how hard it is to lose weight…your body totally changes! Making fun of me pregnant and making fun of me trying to lose weight now, shame on you. I’m not perfect but I will never conform to your skinny standards sorry!”
Here she emphasizes on her priorities in life and calls the body shamers as people with low standards. Hats off girl!
You do not have to listen to celebrities or famous personalities to derive confidence and to accept your body type. Wake up in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror and start appreciating your looks, your figure, your gait and your attitude. Start using positive affirmations everyday and before you realize it, you would have already entered into the happy and pleasant zone of your life.