Bollywood celebrities generally receive a lot of praise and appreciation for their beauty and different looks and styles. However, on the flip side, as they are constantly under the public’s eye due to online/social media, any perceived flaw or weight gain is targeted and ridiculed by haters. While many celebrities choose to ignore any such negative comments, there are others who have chosen to speak up against body shaming.
Here’s a look at what some celebs have said to shut down Internet trolls and haters:
“It’s absolutely shameful. Today if anybody has been targeted for being a certain way, it’s me. But I don’t let it get to me. I know what is more important is that I project a healthy body image for girls who look up to me. Tomorrow if I become skinny, what’s the point? I won’t be able to work well. I’ll fall sick all the time. I know that’s not my body structure, not my body type. I’ve worked very hard to look the way I look today. I used to weigh 95 kilos. What more do you want from me?”
Abhishek Bachchan on wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
“Yes, she’s a public figure, but people forget she’s also a woman and now a mother and there’s a line that’s not to be crossed. I don’t talk that way about any woman ever and it’s obviously not graceful for anyone to talk about her like that either.”
“A fat girl always feels like a boy will not like her because of her weight. But there is only so much a boyfriend, a husband and your family can do. But I know that love is non-negotiable and at the end of the day, you have to come to terms with who you are… My weight is nobody’s business.”
“There are a lot of people out there who are just bullies. They constantly keep telling you that you are too fat, too thin, your teeth are not fine, you can’t speak English really well, and you are too short etc. Bullies will be bullies and I think body shaming is something that people all over the world are condoning and condemning because it’s not cool. We need to set better role models for young women.”
“Like every girl; I spent many nights through adolescence leaning into my bedroom mirror, wondering why my body looked nothing like it should. Why does my belly crease? Why do my arms jiggle? Why am I not fair? Why are there dark patches under my eyes? Why am I taller than boys my age? Do stretch marks ever go away? Will this cellulite stay forever?”
“Those people who have an issue with the following: my pictures, my family, my weight, my face, my color and what I am doing with my baby boy and how we are taking care of him and my husband & our lifestyle. I wonder how jobless or bored you are that you are busy following or visiting a profile you don’t like & have so many issues with.”
“I was told I should gain weight, then lose weight, fix my nose and inflate my lips, lose the puppy fat, grow my hair out, or cut it, get highlights, or fake eyelash extensions, get fake gel nails, run in heels, wear Spanx, pout while talking, focus on dilating the pupils, and listen attentively.”
We hope that these celebrities will continue loving themselves and their curvaceous bodies or unique body structures, skin complexion, or whatever the haters perceive as flaws. By voicing their opinion, they not only stand up for themselves but also for other women (and men) who are being bullied similarly in their lives and are struggling with body image issues.