SONAM KAPOOR:

STRETCH MARKS, SCARS ARE MARK­ERS OF OUR GROWTH

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Ac­tress Sonam Kapoor doesn’t be­lieve in minc­ing words when it comes to ap­pear­ances and at­ti­tudes. In a fiery post for Buz­zfeed In­dia, the Ran­jhana ac­tor opened up about her ini­tial days in the Hindi film in­dus­try, and poured her heart out on a range of is­sues, in­clud­ing body sham­ing, stretch marks, the hard work she’s put in the in­dus­try and even the money spent be­hind a fe­male celebrity’s pub­lic ap­pear­ance. “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?” she writes in the post. She adds, “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.” An ac­tor known as Bol­ly­wood’s lead­ing fash­ion­ista, Sonam is also critical of In­dia’s ob­ses­sion with the per­fect body. “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. 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” She adds, “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.

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.”

Sonam Kapoor

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