Vidya Balan Speaks Up About Body-Shaming: “I was angry with it, hated it, and I wanted it to change"
Vidya Balan opens up about fat shaming and the challenges of weight problems she has faced over the years
Vidya Balan, a very talented actress, who has inspired many to be comfortable in their own skin. The actress has always been vocal about body issues and has blasted all body shaming trolls on social media, in the past, saying that they (the trolls) make peoples' lives miserable.
Recently, in an interview with HT, Vidya spoke about the challenges of weight problems she has faced over the years. Apart from facing a barrage of criticism, the actress struggled through a stage of self-doubt. “(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.” Vidya said.
Vidya further added that after all this, she started looking at herself in a new light. “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,”
The actress also questioned, why people feel the need to even speak about ‘weight’ and ‘diets’ in the first place. Expressing she doesn’t enjoy these conversations, Vidya said “What amazes me is that people talk about the body so much. You enter a place and people are only having these conversations ‘Oh! You have lost weight…’ ‘you have put on weight’ ‘what diet are you on, what exercise regiment?’… it’s so annoying really, it’s so limiting. I honestly feel that I definitely don’t enjoy these conversations, and I feel people talk about the body so easily, judge another’s body, make comments, because it’s visible, it’s out there”.
Vidya Balan futher added, ““Why do we not turn around and tell these people, who fat shame us, that you should actually be ashamed because you have got such a small mind? Nothing you do can ever change that, exercise, diet, the right kind of sleep, maybe medication!... whatever can even change our body, but nothing can change your mind! (laughs) God bless you!”
Vidya Balan will be seen next in Mission Mangal opposite Akshay Kumar. The actress also has a Tamil thriller Nerkonda Paarvai with Ajith Kumar in the pipeline.