Ileana D’Cruz responds to fan on Instagram: I don't have an 'awkward' body, learning to love myself
Dabbling with the new 'Ask Me A Question' feature on the app, Ileana D'Cruz opened the floors for some Q&A. That is when the question came up.
The film industries, both mainstream and regional, often set unrealistic standards for actors and actresses to meet. One such phenomenon which most women in the profession face, is acute body-shaming. From skin-show to size-zero, certain fads keep the industry and fans in a state of complete lack of empathy.
Actresses like Sonakshi Sinha, Vidya Balan, Parineeti Chopra and the like have received unfair amount of negativity on social media for not 'fitting in' to the required standards of physique.
Recently, Ileana D'Cruz faced such unwanted flak on her Instagram profile, reports Hindustan Times. Dabbling with the new 'Ask Me A Question' feature on the app, the actress opened the floors for some Q&A. That is when the question came up. A fan asked her, "Did you face any flak for an awkward body type?"
The actress had a prompt and fitting reply to the question and she immediately wrote back saying, "Firstly, I don’t have an ‘awkward’ body type. Nobody does. Secondly, yes I have been criticised for my body type. But I am trying to learn to love myself for who I am and not try to conform to someone else’s ideals.”
In 2017, Vidya Balan was a asked a similarly bizarre question when a reporter asked her whether she planned to take a break from "women-centric films" and think about weight loss. The actress was shocked at the turn which the question took but was quick to control herself and reply with a wry smile. Vidya said, "I am quite happy with the work I am doing. However, it would be much better if you people changed your outlook."
Parineeti Chopra has also faced rampant negativity on social media several times. When the actress later made a personal choice to reduce weight in 2016, even then the trolling did not stop. She was criticised for conforming to Bollywood standards of of 'beauty'. But the actress came out in public to defend her decision on her Instagram profile. She said her fitness made her more confident and that she felt proud of taking it.
BEFORE .. All my life, I have struggled with how I look, how I feel, and how people looked at me. I was constantly made fun of, but the person I was, I generously laughed with them. Today, many people ask me what triggered the weight loss, did I give in to the "bollywood pressure"? To that I say - thank god I became an actor and had that pressure! I am able to achieve what I couldn't achieve otherwise. I feel more confident, I feel at peace, and I feel proud! Girls and women meet me all around the world, at airports, events, on the street; they hold my hand, hug me, and tell me their struggles and how I changed their lives. They show me their wallpapers, their wallets, and its all pictures of me!! They look at those pictures and want to make that change in their own lives. They look at my Built That Way campaign and have stuck it to their walls. I have seen women tear up and tell me I changed their life. Post delivery weight, teenage obesity, they are fighting it, and I am their inspiration. As an actor, There is no bigger achievement for me. I am glad to be a part of your life in this way. So thank you everyone. Thank You for making me feel loved. Like I always say - if I could do it. So can you. And I am always there for all of you .... Lots of love....
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