PRINCESS DIANA- BODY SHAMING
We may think that body shaming is something gone viral in the age of social media but this prevails way before the age of the internet. Men and women have been facing this since forever. Who doesn’t swoon over the modesty and elegance of the late Princess of Wales Princess Diana? Even after 20 years of her death, she continues to influence ladies all over the world for her sophistication and elegance.
The discerning dame is known to be the paradigm of sophistication. But however, even she wasn’t spared from body shaming either. It was reported that on a tape that Princess Diana recorded, she said, “The bulimia started the week after we got engaged. My husband put his hand on my waistline and said: ‘Oh, a bit chubby here, aren’t we? “. Yes! It was none other than the prince himself. Prince Charles was later reported to be guilty of the same.
Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by purging. Princess Diana dealing with these issues at such a young age shows how normal an individual she was like us, vulnerable and insecure at times. Reportedly, she lost 6 inches off her waist after this incident. “The first time I was measured for my wedding dress, I was 29 inches around the waist. The day I got married, I was 23½ inches. I had shrunk into nothing from February to July. I had shrunk to nothing,” she said. Prior to their marriage, the Prince was quite particular about the weight and appearance of his wife-to-be. This made her bulimic.
“I was desperate, desperate. I remember the first time I made myself sick. I was so thrilled because I thought this was the release of tension,” Diana said on the recordings. The question is, why? Why isn’t accepting a person the way they are, just normal? Why isn’t self-love and acceptance normal? Why is everything so critical? The lady who mesmerizes millions even after 20 years of her death wasn’t spared. It’s high time to bring about a change. It’s high time we learn to accept and stop it.
We need to stop this at this very moment, and we can do that by making people who shame others realise how this affects life of those who go through this and how dangerous it is for their minds and bodies both to be body shamed just because they don’t land into the definition of beauty and perfection set by the society.
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