Body shaming – a phenomenon that needs to stop
So Mouni Roy, a popular face from Indian TV fell prey to a round of uncouth and vicious comments from hundreds of people just because she decided to wear an ethnic outfit which according to the comments looked as if the lehenga was draped on a skeleton. The comments were not just personal but also uncalled for.
Which brings us back to a very basic thought- who are these people who are so full of hatred and judgmental to the core about everything that goes on around them?
It’s not just celebrities who fall prey to this; women all over the world are questioning the definition of beauty. It has been imbibed in our minds for centuries that a beautiful woman equals to fair, slender and petite. And precisely why every woman is benchmarked and compared against these beauty ‘standards’.
The online bullies
Nargis Fakhri, actress and model, walked the ramp for a label that supports Indian artisans. But that is not why she made it to the news. People made her photos famous because of her weight gain. People even turned into career counsellors asking her to focus on her career by becoming thin again. Nargis waved off the negativity and shared that she in fact is immune to such comments.
There is a video going viral about Priyanka Chopra talking on a somewhat similar topic of how women are expected to be model of perfections at all times with their perfect skin and hair. Women especially are supposed to have skins, sans blemishes, dark circles, pimples or freckles. But men on the other hand look rugged and masculine with a few blemishes, wounds and unkempt beards.
To fit the bill of looking beautiful
Vidya Balan has never paid heed to body shamers. She became the subject of ridicule for her voluptuous body and one media personnel even went ahead and asked her if she was planning on losing her weight to bag some glamorous roles.
Needless to say, the outspoken Vidya gave it back to the person in front of the whole media. Instead of getting bogged down, Vidya openly promotes a positive body image and often talks about how she feels comfortable with her body and no amount of troll will change that. Vidya is an apt example of how people choose to ignore the achievements, talent and skills in a person and focus on the so-called physical imperfections.
RJ Malishka was another woman who suffered mean remarks for her physical features. Malishka was body shamed for being on the heavier side and she made sure she shut the mouths of these wise cracks. She is of the opinion that constructive criticism is always welcome but personal attacks will be dealt with the deserving rudeness.
A woman is beautiful if she thinks she is! It hardly matters what the rest of the world thinks.
While women all over the world including celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Adele and Serena Williams have been at the receiving end of this phenomenon, and proudly battling it, am glad that India now boasts of its own bunch of women who are giving it back to these body shamers