In her latest contribution to Buzzfeed India, Sonam Kapoor unfolds numerous instances of people criticizing her on being too tall and dark skinned. Her words are too galvanizing that it triggers us to contemplate on this issue. Sonam Kapoor is inspiring people with her words and that is why we love her more now!
A snippet of Sonam Kapoor on being called “Kaali”
“Itni lambi, itni kaali,” a relative casually let slip at a family gathering. “Shaadi kaun karega?” It confirmed that my greatest insecurities were well-founded.
The days when she couldn’t sleep and thought of the dark patches under her eyes
“Like every girl, I spent many nights through adolescence leaning into my bedroom mirror, wondering why my body looked nothing like it should.
Why does my belly crease? Why do my arms jiggle? Why am I not fair? Why are there dark patches under my eyes? Why am I taller than boys my age? Do stretch marks ever go away? Will this cellulite stay forever?”
The days when she lost all hopes in her
“I didn’t know much at 15. But I knew I could never look like a Bollywood actress.”
The days when even dancing in a backless choli made her think
“Despite being on the cusp of actually being a movie star, I didn’t believe I looked the part. I constantly worried that, if asked to dance in a backless choli, rolls of back fat would give me away as an imposter to the industry. Nobody lines up to buy tickets to see cellulite.”
The days when articles and blogs humiliated her
“Articles surfaced online, photos zoomed into my arms and thighs, red circles drawn around the slightest hints of a blemish.
When I had a couple of movies out, Shobhaa De wrote a blog post saying that Sonam Kapoor “just doesn’t cut it in the sex appeal stakes”. People started calling me flat-chested. I’d never been insecure about my C-cup but I got defensive about it on Koffee With Karan.”
The days when she got embarrassed after a date
“At 18, I went on a date that I thought went well. Later, the boy told our mutual friend that “Sonam is too big”. I didn’t eat for a day.”
The days when she got so mortified that she started dieting
“So I embarked on a series of unhealthy behaviours. I dieted serially; sometimes South Beach, other times Atkins. Once, in desperation, I tried a diet that had me eating pineapples all day.
I pushed myself too hard at spin classes, did power yoga for hours at a stretch, and developed an unhealthy relationship with food. Some weeks, desperate to drop a couple of kilos, I would simply not eat.”
When friends supported her to get her out of this
“It’s been a decade since I entered the film industry with my awful self-esteem in tow and, thanks to the female support I’ve had throughout, that self-esteem is in a healthier place now.”
We are so much inspired by you Sonam Kapoor! After being subjected to such criticism, she got up and tackled all the hatred poured on her by society. We love you Sonam Kapoor! Such a beautiful personality you are!