Indian actor Sameera Reddy took to the social media platform, Instagram, to share her experience of colorism and her struggle with maintaining the right weight. The pressure to succeed in the Indian cinema industry had forced her to attempt skin lightening. She also added that at some point she tried using body padding to conform to the physical stereotype attributed to female actors. The Bollywood actor received a message from a woman, who had just recently had a baby, sent her a message saying she felt “fat and ugly” after looking at Sameera’s most recent Instagram story.
“These are the words that I fight against. I try to be fearless and show exactly how it is. I don’t want people to follow me to compare. I grew up always being compared to my stick-thin sisters and then I went into the industry where I was compared to everybody,” Sameera Reddy said.
“…Which is when I tried to lighten my skin, I used to do crazy things, like wear coloured lenses because I thought I needed that fair light eyed look. I’d pad every part of my body which I didn’t feel was keeping up with the norms. I did everything which at the end of the day made me feel more crap about myself. That’s why today I work damn hard to fight against any body shaming,” she said.
Sameera Reddy, who is a mother of two, appealed to fans to focus on being happy rather than worrying about their body size.
“If you’re following me, promise me to just stay focus on your goals and we will all get there. I can angle myself and look really skinny right now or I can show how I got this double chin, or that I have a flab. But I’ll lose my weight in good time, right now, stay happy. It’s ok, we will get there. Focus on happiness.”
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