Remember Diljith Dosanjh and Honey Singh's epic creation, "Lak twenty-eight kudi da, forty-seven weight kudi da?" Of course, you do! Mostly because it has been a huge hit playing in clubs and weddings for almost a decade now. And catchy as it is, the song has also messed with the heads of legions of women given the way it exalts a particular body size.
Since forever both the fashion and entertainment industries have been feeding it to us that it is, in fact, a slim, flawless body that's the most desirable and hence beautiful. Through lucrative imagery and highly polished (also, photoshopped) pictures, women have been constantly fed by popular media that to be considered beautiful they must possess a flawless, cellulite-free body and of course, a patli kamar!
Don't get us wrong here. It's great if you have a thin body given you are absolutely healthy. However, the truth is that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes and not just the stereotypically propagated size zero. And that is why to be obsessed with a particular body type and touting it as the "perfect one" while relegating everything else in the undesirable category is so not fair.
Unfortunately, social media has only catalysed this narrative while touched-up pictures continue making it all the more difficult to hamper this problematic narrative. In fact, it was only recently that a trend called 'The Face, The Waist' based on the same lines started doing rounds on social media. Following the trend, women started posting pictures of their faces and chiseled abs.
Thankfully, a faction of Twitterati realised the biggest problem with the trend soon enough, the issue being that only thin, toned girls were posting their pictures. And all thanks to some really cool women, the trend was suddenly given a new dimension as they started posting pictures of their bodies, in all shapes and sizes!
To share their own version of 'The Face, The Waist' trend women embraced their natural bodies in their full glory including stretch marks and scars while celebrating their body size and posted pictures demonstrating that all bodies are equally beautiful.
Well, the message is quite clear: there is nothing like ideal body size, all bodies are beautiful and perfection is a mere mirage, forever driving us away from happiness. So, love your body, you live in it after all!