On Monday, Hania Aamir won the hearts of her fans across the globe and peers from the industry, when she took to her Instagram to share photos of her acne and expressed how she managed to overcome the beauty “standards” set by the world.
Yesterday, the Parwaaz Hai Junoon star got real with the world about her skin and how we beat ourselves over the unrealistic and bizarre beauty standards.
“[My acne] would show on camera and everybody started to ask me [about it], started with the totkas [home remedies] and then came the anxiety,” said Hania. “I kept it clean, toner, creams, dermatologists, everything! Nothing seemed to fix my skin and I had my nights 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.”
Hania revealed that after an intense battle with acne, visiting multiple doctors and trying different remedies, she has now come to terms with it and will not let acne slow her down.
“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? Society?” she asked. She slammed the idea that only clear skin is beautiful. “I know that the idea of being “perfect” is appealing to the majority but you don’t need to be an airbrushed flawless image to feel beautiful,” wrote Hania.
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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, celebrities such as Mahira Khan, Meesha Shafi and Syra Shahroz applauded her for her bravery, the screenwriter and host Yasir Hussain tossed an inappropriate joke at the actor’s struggles with acne.
The 32-year-old Yasir Hussain took to his Instagram and had fans ask him questions. One of them asked him to describe Hania in a word. Being insensitive like before, Yasir quickly answered by calling her ‘Danedaar’, aiming at her acne post.
Hania was quick to respond and called him out on social media by reposting his post. ‘Muaaf kijiye meray dost ko. Inko aaj kal inappropriate jokes marni ki aadat hogayi hai [Please excuse my friend, he has a habit of making inappropriate jokes nowadays],” Hania wrote.
She further added that making jokes of people’s insecurities is just downright “disgusting”, “disrespectful” to the person’s feelings and emotions and is just wrong on “so many level”.
Mahira Khan, showing her support to the actress, shared a screenshot of Hania’s post and wrote, “I’m not laughing either. Nobody is! @realhaniahehe thank you and proud of you for showing courage as well as grace.”
Explaining himself, Yasir posted again on his Instagram handle and said that the previous post wasn’t a joke and that in Urdu language acne is called “Dana”.