#NotFair: Smriti Mandhana's Picture Gets A Photoshop Makeover & Twitter Loses Its Cool

#NotFair: Smriti Mandhana's Picture Gets A Photoshop Makeover & Twitter Loses Its Cool

In our country, women are under constant pressure to look beautiful. And, unfortunately, beautiful means tall, fair and slim. This regressive thinking is what is contributing to our failure as a society. Women are constantly body shamed and discriminated against on the basis of colour. Coupled with these is an obsession with fairness. The colour of your skin is not something you can or should control and it certainly isn't a parameter to define beauty. 

In an upsetting incident, a photoshopped picture of the Indian cricket player, Smriti Mandhan has raised some serious concerns. The woman who made the country proud is certainly beautiful inside and out, just the way she is. Smriti's picture was photoshopped to fit into the skewed beauty standards our society has set. Smriti scripted history last week, the left-handed batswoman officially became the second fastest Indian to score 2,000 runs in ODIs. She achieved the record-breaking score in the third ODI against West Indies. 

Flawed Beauty Standards

The picture that has gone viral on the internet shows Smriti, visibly fairer, in pink lipstick and kohl-rimmed eyes. Yes, you read that right! This is one of the first pictures that will appear on your Google search if you type the record-making cricketer's name. This got us wondering, has this ever happened to a male cricketer? The answer is no.   

The image came to light when a user shared, "Was Googling Smriti Mandhana and came across this photoshopped image. Actual image on the right, for context. How fucked up are beauty standards if a cricketer's photo in a press meet is being photoshopped to lighten her skin tone and add kajal and lipstick". Take a look!


Twitter Is Enraged & So Are We!

While some people were generous enough to say that she looks beautiful on the right too, others hit back saying that they were completely missing the point and that her "looks shouldn't be relevant in the first place".

Twitterati's reactions ooze of disappointment, anger and frustration- all at the same time. And, we couldn't relate more.

Plain SAD And We Agree

'Fair is not the only beautiful'

'Suckers for fair complexion'

While we are quite enraged, we also totally agree with Twitterati. You are beautiful, Smriti and the entire country is proud of you for who you are and AS you are!

Featured Image: Twitter

POPxo is now available in six languages: EnglishHindiTamilTeluguMarathi and Bangla.