“I am 21 years old Sejal Acharya from Banke, Nepal. I was confident about my body untouched by and oblivious to society’s beauty standards for women. As soon as I hit adolescence, the comments about my body started overwhelming me. Very soon I grew up as a teenager wishing to gain more weight to fit the ideal proportions of 36 – 24 – 36.
I began doubting every clothing style and refrained from wearing fitting dresses in fear of being told how skinny I am. Every time I met a friend or a relative, they were concerned about my body. Their compliments always ended with a statement .“ You will look prettier if you could gain some weight.
The commonly used jokes:
“Be careful you might get blown away by the wind “
“You’re only bones, there’s no meat on there” is not funny. Skinny shaming is not funny.
I’ve stopped taking negativity from the people and, if needed, I’m not afraid to come up with a proper punch line to those who body shame others. Loving my body, being comfortable in my own skin is still a long way to go but for now I am not hesitant of trying and exploring new things. Beauty is a highly subjective concept, and now I take the charge of defining it for myself. “
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