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5 plus-size Indian women that refuse to be body-shamed

Here's to the women who don't give a damn about the haters.

It’s no secret that like many other countries across the globe, India has a problem with body-shaming. Not only are everyday Indian women victims of this detrimental social norm, but even female celebrities are shamed for either being too fat or too thin. Over the past year, however, there has been a growing trend that pushes back against this rhetoric – and even actresses such as Parineeti Chopra have weighed in on the issue. But it seems like Elle India just took the crown on clapping back at body-shamers in India.

Elle India just took the crown on clapping back at body-shamers in India. Click To Tweet

The article features six plus sized Indian women photographed in all of their voluptuous glory. Their careers and aspirations range from actress to fashion consultant – but the all have one beautiful similarity: they embrace their body shapes and are comfortable and confident (as they should be!).

They embrace their body shapes and are comfortable and confident (as they should be!). Click To Tweet

Here are the women in all of their glory:

1. Kritika Gill, make-up artist

Elle India

Gill just worked on her first film, “Happy Bhaag Jayegi” with Diana Penty. Within the article, she speaks about experimenting with Spanx, breaking through style barriers, and her realization over time that unshapely jersey dresses just weren’t her thing.

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“My mom used to buy me clothes that covered my butt,” she says. “But I never understood why I had to hide it. I like the way it looks – it’s well rounded.”

2. Shikha Talsania, actress

Elle India

Ever since starring in her first film, “Wake up Sid“, Talsania made it a personal ambition of hers to not allow her body to become a constant go-to for body-shaming stereotypes.

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Although she faces constant pressure to look like her thinner counterparts in Bollywood, she actually admits that acting has helped her confidence grow: “When I started acting, my vanity blossomed and I understood my body better. I am what I am and I’m fine with it.” Her next movie, “Kaash“, will be hitting theaters soon.

3. Zahra Khan, digital entrepreneur

Elle India

This former fashion and lifestyle editor just recently launched her own fashion website, The Hauterfly – and she’s got no time for the term ‘body-conscious’: “I’m just blissfully unaware [about body-consciousness]. Even throwing up, we never discussed it at home.”

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Although she admits that she is uncertain whether there is a polite way to describe something as fat – she also questions whether we need the term at all: “Why aren’t we defined by what we do? You won’t define a business magnate like Mukesh Ambani as short and fat. I don’t see curvy men having a movement.”

4. Tinka Bhatia, hospitality consultant

Elle India

She is an owner of the former fashion store, Attic – which has done anything but follow the conventional rules of style and fashion. This is exactly why Bhatia has taken care to avoid the standard tent-like clothes that are so often designed for larger women.

“I don’t restrict myself to trends, either,” she says. “I love wearing short stuff because I like how my legs look or a low-neck to highlight my décolletage.”

5. Gia Kashyap, fashion and lifestyle blogger

Elle India

Despite blogging for five years on her site, Gia Says that, and receiving a massive amount of hate for her weight, Kashyap have never identified herself as a plus-size blogger – and it’s probably because she doesn’t let anyone determine her confidence or identity through negativity.

She doesn't let anyone determine her confidence or identity through negativity. Click To Tweet

“I recently posted a picture of a pizza,” she shares. “A girl commented, ‘You should go to the gym.’ Now I’m immune to such comments. It doesn’t make me feel ugly, in fact it’s pushed me to a stage where I appreciate myself more.”

6. Srishti Kumar, stylist and fashion consultant

Elle India

As a part of the fashion industry since the tender age of 16 (as a designer first and now as a stylist and fashion consultant), Kumar has come to find her confidence in all of its glory.

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Therefore, she has no qualms rocking faux leather shorts with a crop top: “I don’t dress for shock value, but I enjoy dressing in clothes that aren’t conventionally meant for my body type. I love my body and I won’t change it to fit what’s available in stores.”

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Sehrish Sarah Khan-Williamson

Sehrish Sarah Khan-Williamson

Sarah Khan-Williamson is the Beauty, Fashion, & Weddings Editor at The Tempest. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School (MTS, Islamic Studies ’14) and George Mason University (BA, English and Religious Studies ’11) – and will begin another two MA degrees at the University of Arizona this fall (Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Public Administration). She prides herself on being a global peace educator and leader for CISV, advocate for social justice and human rights, and her makeup skills.

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