You would think that in 20goddamn18, body shaming is a thing of the past. Well, unless you’re living under a rock and/or have somehow miraculously attained nirvana and are thus blissfully unaware, we regretfully inform you that such isn’t the case. Body shaming is rampant even now, and we’ve had it to up to here (points to own chubby cheeks) with it. Luckily, women’s voices are now stronger and more vociferous than ever, and we gladly and boldly shut down haters all the damn time. What other way is there to assert our own place in society than to let people know that we beautifully, gloriously and happily continue to live and exist?
American personality and former supermodel Tyra Banks, who was body shamed by the media after being clicked by the paparazzi in a swimsuit and chose to address it on her own talk show shutting down haters and calling them out for being disgusting and detrimental to women everywhere; ended her rant with a bold statement that went on to become a cult dialogue, she said ‘Kiss my fat ass!’ What a way to emphasize the bottom line, huh? Pun entirely intended. Women like her have already put into words our feelings and done it in such a way that the world sat up to take notice.
Another role model for the plus size community (yes, we are apparently a community) is the gorgeous model and body activist Ashley Graham who famously said:
“I have never fit into a mould that I was supposed to. I was told ‘No, no, no’ to all my hopes and dreams. I never forgot them. I never let anybody beat me down with them, and you shouldn’t either. At the end of the day, you can do whatever you want. Don’t let your body hold you back.” [via New York Magazine]
She’s also known to publicly love and praise curvy bodies (her own included) and that gives us hope for a better world, honestly. Don’t you think it was about damn time that women were well represented in the media? Not all women look the same way, not all women are thin, and not all bodies are perfect. About time we enjoyed the imperfections, thigh gaps be damned, right?
Closer home, Bollywood beauty Sonakshi Sinha has got flak for her weight from the time she entered the industry. What a poor double standard chosen by our country, since most Indian women do have curves. Anyhoo, the girl handles trolls with such pizazz. Her Instagram account is proof that the sassy lass has zero f**ks to give. She once posted a picture of a cartoon skeleton with the words ‘I finally hit my goal weight’ and she captioned the picture as follows:
“To all those who keep commenting on my weight, whether it’s a full picture, or a close up where you cant see jack. Take a good look at this picture. Now get this:
1) This ain’t ever gonna be me. 2) Get over it. 3) I wish u could see which finger I hold up for shallow and idiotic people like yourself. “
Some silly notion, rooted in patriarchy we suppose, has given us the idea that staying quiet is better than speaking up. It’s this very notion that has allowed society to walk all over our self-esteems for decades now. It gives us immense joy to be among a new crop of women who will not take the trolling sitting down. No sir! We are going to exercise our agency and everyone better get on board with that.
Another Bollywood actress, Huma Qureshi, set a great example when she posed for a magazine cover and proved once and for all that she doesn’t care that she doesn’t fit in. Some women, were born to stand out, eh? ‘My body, my rules’ is actually a great way to summarise what we plus-size girls want the world to know. We don’t owe anybody perfection. We don’t owe anybody anything, for that matter.
Powerhouse actor Vidya Balan also addressed body shaming in an interview recently and in signature style, blithely ending on a note that’s most relatable: “If I’m eating the food I want, what is your problem?”
It’s becoming evident, now more than ever, that this world is filled with people who aren’t happy with their own lives. Sitting behind a screen and typing vile things thanks to the anonymity the Internet allows has made it a nightmare scenario for us women who want to live life on our own terms, and that includes being the size we want.
Good thing that we have role models in fine people like Adele, who has always vociferously defended her right to be whatever size she chooses, and famously said: “I don’t have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like.”
Hey, question; if we are a community do we get to pick a president? Because I vote for Adele! 🙂
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