“Real women have curves,” “Men like their women with a little meat,” “You look like a 12-year-old boy”—are some of the comments conventionally thin women hear almost every day.
Recently, Erica Fernandes shared her heartbreaking experience of getting body-shamed when she was just 18. In an interview, the actress shared, ” I was 18 years old when I started doing South films. I worked for a couple of years. During that time, I did have to face issues. I was thin and not fit according to them at that point in time. They wanted some mass on me. For that reason, I had to be padded up to get into the character they wanted to portray. I have faced those issues. I don’t think I would do that anymore now.”
The Kuch Rang Pyar Ke star added that even when she had gained weight for a project, she was replaced with any warning. “The day I got replaced in my film, I was like ‘Didn’t they know that I am like this?’ I had put in a lot of effort to gain weight and I did gain a few kilos. The hero was also bulking up. From what I saw him to what he became on the day I was on set, I was like ‘what just happened!’ He bulked up even more. And compared to him, my efforts went down the drain, because my changes weren’t visible,” added Erica.
Whether you are a celebrity or any other woman living her life, you’re either too fat, too skinny, too tall or too short—there’s no pleasing the world. So, we all might as well stop giving a hoot about what the world assumes to be the ‘ideal body’ and start celebrating ourselves for who we are.
Kudos To Erica for shining light on how the world continues to limit women to their appearance when they are so much more. You keep doing you, girl!
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