All bodies are beautiful is the new age fitness mantra. After decades of incorrect body image messages propagated in society through mass media and popular culture, finally we have begun to accept that most people need to look nothing like the supermodels on fashion magazines.
In fact even the supermodels don't look like they do in their shoots with scores of factors changing, modifying and enhancing their appearance, right from make up to lighting, strobing, cosmetic surgery and the all too common partner in this crime - digital editing of pictures.
Luckily, more and more of us women have begun to embrace our bodies as they are. We wear our post pregnancy figures, our surgery scars, our birthmarks, our acne, our sagging breasts and our natural features, our deeper or uneven skin tones, our wrinkles and crows feet and our wavy or curly hair with much more confidence than ever before- and why shouldn't we?
These are the marks of a life well lived - these are the gifts that mother nature bestowed on us - a unique physical place that is our forever home. And the changes to our body are the battle scars in our struggle of negotiating with the thick and thin of life.
And when it comes to dressing up these battle ready bodies, we are not behind anymore. No more are we hiding behind reams of fabric or baggy clothes. Being true to our bodies is part of being true to ourselves and living up to that most important relationship we have in this world - the one with ourselves.
And for women of all sizes, all complexions, hair types and figures, Indian wear is a great option to dress up in our own size and look good without having to worry about fitting into a pair of factory made jeans of randomly determined proportions.
Are you wondering how to pull this off? well here you go ! We have all the inspiration from the leading ladies of Bollywood who refused to fit the physical mold and body shaming that came their way and embraced their natural bodies, hair and skin tones and showed us how to celebrate ourselves, just as we are:
Huma Qureshi:The talented actress is not a slender doe eyed beauty that Bollywood so seems to love. However she has not stopped giving one stellar performance after another since Gangs of Wasseypur. Her latest turn as estranged mother in Leila on Netflix has vowed us again.
She carries gowns, sarees, skirts, kurtas and all kinds of dresses with confidence not withstanding her natural 'few extra pounds' figure and we love her for that.
Vidya Balan: Vidya has shared recently how she was rejected multiple times after being told she didn't have the "looks" of a Bollywood actress. And what she has achieved with sheer hard work and grit since her days on the sitcom "Hum Panch" is no secret from anyone. Talent bar bar Vidya, Encore !!
She was trolled and body shamed for having gained weight post marriage, but in fact she proved that the best answer to all haters is one's hard earned success and she shut the detractors up with her post weight gain roles in power house films that also had box office success like Kahani, Tumhari Sulu and Begum Jaan.
Kangana Ranaut: Not only was Tanu weds Manu her breakout performance in many ways, she followed it up with her de-glam look of a girl next door in Queen. In both the films she wore her naturally tight curly tresses and won rave reviews for both the films.
Now thanks to Kangana, natural curls are more fashionable than they were before and she has worn them with all outfits, sarees, salwar kameezes, you name it.
Lisa Haydon: Quite literally the dark horse, the dusky Lisa Haydon made her debut with the 2010 Aisha. Not the average fair and lovely actress, after doing a few glamorous roles she went on to prove her acting mettle with the sultry and affectionate Vijaylakshmi, an Indian origin bohemian Parisian pal to Kangana Ranaut in the 2013 film Queen; eventually winning the Lions' Gold Award for Favourite Actress in Supporting Role. She is now enjoying motherhood with her two children and promotes body positivity for pregnant women through her pregnancy pics in social media.
Malaika Arora: At a petite 5"3 Inches Malaika Arora is no tiny doll. On the contrary she has made heads turn with her gamine like looks and sultry sartorial choices. A veteran dance lady of Bollywood forever associated with Mani Ratnam's Chamma Chamma, Malaika has given the industry some of its most memorable dance numbers and all at her petite frame. She has walked the ramp innumerable times with her mesmerizing stage presence and is also a fashion entrepreneur in her own right. With so many talents and strengths she stands tall - so tall that no one has the time to even notice her small frame.
These lovely, strong, talented ladies of Bollywood have proved to us time and again that the best body is the one you have. Whether it is acting talent or entrepreneurship, changing mindsets one person at a time begins with us, right here right now.
What do you say? what stereotype will you break today?
Article By : Bhavna R