The world is changing. With changing fashion, gadgets, lifestyle, and everything around us, why not change what’s inside us? Why not change our ‘minds’? Why not start the change with yourself first? Why not end this here. It’s high time we appreciate what we are and how others are. With so many people around us who are uniquely beautiful yet unhappy, let’s start accepting ourselves for who we are and feel beautiful about it. Tons of results pop up when we google body shaming. Celebrities, the miss popular on campus, our besties, all of them have sometime or the other have been through this. And somehow, we have felt bad about it. So, it is the time we put an end to it.
On a bigger influential field, body shaming needs to be stopped in the media itself. Every day, we come across so many influential people. The most influential being the ones in movies, ads, and social media. Fairness cream ads, fat losing tablets, thick hair and petite bodies are everywhere. They do nothing but make acceptance harder for the other group of people who are more beautiful than they believe they are. The best start can be by accepting all body forms and skin types into the industry. There is a typical definition of beauty that has been concreted in our minds; ladies being fair and petite, men being tall and dark. The question is: WHY? When does this stop?
Well, the change is already happening. If we have biased ad-filmmakers in the industry, we have people like Kangana Ranaut too, reportedly refused to do a fairness cream ad film woth 2 crores saying “Ever since I was a kid, I have never understood the concept of fairness. Especially, in such a case, as a celebrity, what kind of an example would I be setting for younger people? I have no regrets about turning this offer down. As a public figure, I have responsibilities.” calling her sister Rangoli “dusky and beautiful”.
Most of the prejudice avail through the social media itself. Memes are circulated every other day asking to tag a friend for some particular person who is sarcastically commented ‘beautiful’. Some do not even realize that the person being shamed could be someone who would be beyond their imaginations.
Honestly, not many of us know actually know the lady except on social media. Few of us actually know that her debut earned her the Independent Spirit Award for best female lead in the 2009 film Precious. She has been bullied and shamed by her teenage. But unlike others never did she let anyone get her confidence down! “It’s important because I don’t happen to have the kind of body that we usually see on television and in films,” Gabourey told NPR about why she included the chapter. “I am plus-size, I have dark skin and I am 100 percent beautiful, but I get a lot of flak. ‘Oh, you should lose weight.’ And now that I have lost weight — I lost weight for health reasons — I get, ‘You look good, but don’t lose too much weight because your face is starting to sink in.’ ” That’s the type of spirit we need to bring in a change that matters.
Change begins with one’s own self. so let’s start this today by pledging it to ourselves not to body shame any body type intentionally or unintentionally. Let’s not promote negativity. Let’s start embracing everyone for their positivity and talents and not just superficial shallow beauty that the society has been trying to impose on us. Let’s put an end to this.
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