Vidya Balan is one such actress who is very vocal against criticism on body shamming. The actress who was last seen in NTR has even slammed body-shamers on many occasions.
In an interview recently, the actress opened up about the criticism and difficulties she faced. She said:
“(There was) a part of my life, I was in a battle with my body. I was angry with it, hated it, and I wanted it to change because I thought if my body changed, then I would be acceptable to everyone. I would be worthy of love. But even at my thinnest, when I managed to lose a lot of weight (it happened a few times) I realised that I wasn’t fully acceptable to everyone. So really there’s no point in trying to change yourself to suit others needs and ideals.”
“I began to accept and respect my body, and it’s been a long journey. I find myself happier, I feel beautiful. I think the best gift I have given to myself is that I won’t let anyone make me feel differently about my body today.”
Talking about body shaming she said:
“What amazes me is that people talk about the body so much. You enter a place and people are only having these conversations ‘Oh! You have lost weight…’ ‘you have put on weight’ ‘what diet are you on, what exercise regiment?’… it’s so annoying really, it’s so limiting. I honestly feel that I definitely don’t enjoy these conversations, and I feel people talk about the body so easily, judge another’s body, make comments, because it’s visible, it’s out there.”
She concluded saying:
“Why do we not turn around and tell these people, who fat-shame us, that you should actually be ashamed because you have got such a small mind? Nothing you do can ever change that, exercise, diet, the right kind of sleep, maybe medication!… whatever can even change our body, but nothing can change your mind! (laughs) God bless you!”
Well said Vidya!!
On the work front, Vidya will soon be seen in Mission Mangal opposite Akshay Kumar. Besides that, she will also star in a Tamil thriller titled Nerkonda Paarvai with Ajith Kumar.