Heroine Zarine Khan is getting a hero’s treatment on social media for posting a picture of her heavier self – something that no other actress in the show business would dare do. The actress, in her bare-all post on photo-sharing platform Instagram, revealed how she struggled with her weight and being body shamed.
“When I look at these pictures, I feel proud of myself today. Not that I felt any lesser about myself back then. Inspire of being so big I never let people’s comments or ideas about me bother me. Because it’s my life and my body and only I have the right to decide what I’m going to do with it,” she said in a lengthy Instagram note with two photos of her much heavier self, both taken when she was in school.
In her note, she wrote that losing weight was difficult and that she had already lost the extra kilos by the time she was cast in her first film. However, she was asked to gain weight to play the role of Princess Yashodhara in (2010’s Veer, co-starring Salman Khan).
“Unfortunately I was criticised to no end for my weight but again I never let that get to me. How could I? Those people had not seen me like the way I am in these pictures here. And for me everything was just an achievement to reach from where I was to where I am,” she wrote.
Zarine now makes no attempt to hide the stretch marks that came with shedding poundage. “I believe in flaunting it,” she asserted, “it makes me feel like a tigress with stripes.” And concluding her post, she made it very clear to her detractors saying that her transformation has been for herself and not because of being body shamed.
Read her entire post here:
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Came across these pics of mine from school and college days. (White one was in std 9th & pink one was right after my std 12th exams). Whn I look at these pics I feel proud of myself today not tht I felt any lesser abt myself back then. Inspite of being so big I never let ppl’s comments or ideas abt me bother me. Bcoz it’s my life and my body and only I hav the right to decide wht I’m gonna do with it. Then one day I decided let me try how it feels to b a little lighter and hence started my weight loss journey. It wasn’t easy at all bt everytime I looked at the Progress in the mirror I got the push to do more. I had lots more energy than before and I was loving every bit of this new person I was transforming into. Whn I became a part of this industry, I had lost all my weight … Infact I was asked to put on weight Fr my first film to look the character. Unfortunately I was criticised to no end Fr my weight bt again I never let tht get to me. How cud I ? Those ppl had not seen me like the way I am in these pics here. And Fr me everything was jus an achievement to reach frm where I was to where I am. I continued on my fitness journey irrespective Bcoz fitness Fr me is a way of life now. Along with the weight loss came a lot of stretch marks bt instead of feeling ashamed of it and trying to hide it , I believe in flaunting it . It makes me feel like a tigress with her stripes. I have come a long way in this journey of fitness and I still hav a long way to go… Bt it’s always been only Fr myself and not Bcoz of ppl shaming me ! #IWillBeMe #MondayMotivation #SayNoToBodyShaming #LoveYourself