On Monday, the acclaimed Pakistani actress Hania Aamir opened about her struggles against acne, through an Instagram post. The Parwaaz Hai Junoon star took to her social media handle to share a make-free picture of herself with a realistic and thought-provoking post in which she talked about the unrealistic beauty standards that celebrities are expected to follow and that it’s okay to be “imperfect” – not let our “flaws” define us.
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So I have always struggled with mild acne. Always had these bumps on my forehead that JUST WOULD NOT BUDGE! I had gotten used to them. But the journey I have been on for a couple of months has been quite a painful one. I’d just come back to chitral from a day trip to kalash and after I had washed my face it started to burn and my skin went red. Didn’t take it seriously but the next day I had these tiny red bumps ALL OVER MY FACE.I freaked out but didn’t let it get the best of me because I was at work. They would show on camera, everybody started to ask me, started with the totkas and then came the anxiety.. khair when I got back they kind of calmed down.My skin looked clearer than before. But some three months back it started to act up again and it was even worse this time! I kept it clean,toner,creams,dermatologists,everything! Nothing seemed to fix my skin and I had my night AND days of crying. Feeling insecure. Anxiety. Makeup wouldn’t help. I was a mess but I went through it and got out of it too. I went to a different doctor and he prescribed me some meds. My skin has been better than before. But it made me wonder.. Why is my skin defining me? Who has made these beauty standards that we always feel the need to match? The society? Clear skin is beauty? I know that the idea of being “perfect” is appealing to majority but you don’t need to be an airbrushed flawless image to feel beautiful. Nobody should feel the pressure of matching the ridiculous societal beauty standards.Have your own.Beauty is within and anybody who makes you feel small because of what you LOOK like shouldn’t be around you! To all the brothers and sisters out there! Being a celebrity does not mean perfection; it only means we have chosen a profession that makes us and our lives public but certainly not that we do not go through issues in life; Every individual has their own. Perfection is not what we should be seeking, being comfortable in our own skin is the key. This is my skin at the moment. Better than before but still not quite okay. But till I tackle it am I gonna hide myself from the world? Shy away from people? No. Yes I am struggling but my skin DOES NOT define me.
The response to her realness was tremendous with the post garnering over 131,000 likes and many comments.
While, many celebrities applauded Hania for her bravery, actress Mehwish Hayat opened up about skin problems in her latest Instagram post. Taking to her social media handle, Mehwish talked about how celebrities are also prone to bad skin and insecurities just as everyone else. She asked everyone to “embrace it” and doing so is called “being a woman”.
"Flawsome is awesome. Away from the studio lights, the cameras and the glamorous make up, We all battle with the same skin problems and insecurities as any other girl. Let's embrace it - its called being a woman," Mehwish Hayat said.
Pakistani celebrities who have come out in Hania’s support are Asim Azhar, Mahira Khan, Meesha Shafi, Usman Mukhtar, Zara Noor Abbas, Saba Qamar and Saira Shahroz.
Starting with Asim Azhar, the singer is prod of the actress for showing strength.
Actress Mahira also said that she’s proud of Hania and thanked her for her courage.
Usman Mukhtar cheered for Hania, said “Shahbaas Jawaan! (Well done, soldier!)”
Zara Noor Abbas, happens to be bother Hania and Yasir’s friend, was seen showing support to the actress.
Here’s a refresher, on Monday, after Hania shared the post of her struggles with acne on Instagram, the screenwriter and host Yasir Hussain tossed an inappropriate joke, called Hania ‘Danedaar’.
Lastly, Saira Shahroz shared an elaborated comment on Hania’s post in which she said that it’s only normal to have bad skin, hair loss, and weight again. We shouldn’t care about the world and not let these things define us. Actresses Saba Qamar and Meesha Shafi also showed their support, said they are very proud of Hania.
Way to go Hania Aamir!