All my life I have been bullied and body shammed by my relatives even my friends.
I struggled not to be fat. Started dieting, starved myself, threw up my food, did weight watchers and yet I was still fat and miserable
It was like a tag for me like this is what I represent!
So I didn’t participate in any competitions or dramas in school because I would have to change to other outfits and then give a chance to everyone to laugh at me.
I used to eat my feelings every time. It takes years and you just can’t love your body overnight.
There are so many insecurities and I try my best for them to not come in my way but the society reminds you and you shouldn’t listen to them because sometimes the person feels lonely and weak that is when the societies opinion makes you miserable and so it’s important to have a strong foundation and that’s what I did.. I decided to make content for Instagram in the form of reels, videos and raise awareness of body positivity, encouraging people to embrace scars, stretch marks, and cellulite visible on their skin.
I still face ton of discrimination whether it’s from strangers on street or from the doctors or trollers.
Change doesn’t happen overnight but it’s important for all of us to put ourselves in others shoes and above all be kind to one another.
When it comes to fat acceptance we still have a long way to go.
It took so long for me to accept myself and my body, regardless of my shape and size and if I can help any one person to love themselves and not go through all that I did, then it’s worth putting myself out there.
“When I encounter trolls they call me fat as if being fat is crime. If feeling comfortable in your skin is crime then I am a crime lord, then I am a very big gangster.”
It’s my body and I have been living in it since my childhood. It’s ok to have stretch marks, extra weight or body hair. It’s important to love yourself.
I want tell people that being fat is not the worst thing, that’s not life ending or life defining. You can be fat and beautiful, fat and stylish, fat and successful!
Doesn’t matter what size woman you are, live your life!
(Interviewed and written by Raavya Sarda)