Ananya Panday body shaming, criticism, and dealing with trolls: The 22-year-old actor has opened up on her experience with bullying and body-shaming in the past, and how she learnt to overcome the criticism to build self-confidence.
Panday is regularly subjected to online trolling and has often spoken about dealing with it. In a recent interview, the Student of the Year 2 star said, “People used to say I look like a boy, flat screen. At that time, it did hurt because those are the years where you are forming your self-confidence.”
But she says she has shifted focus from dwelling on trolls to accepting herself with love. “Now, I am reaching a point where I am focusing on accepting myself and loving myself. If that is sorted and that is my foundation then nothing can hurt me since I am at peace with myself and I love myself.”
Ananya Panday Body Shaming: Not The First Celeb Kid To Go Through It
Panday’s ordeal is not unheard of for a member of the film industry. Several children of celebrity parents have admitted to having faced trolls for the way they look, speak, and are. Last year, Suhana, daughter of Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan, in a strong-worded statement on Instagram opened up on having been shamed for years on the colour of her skin. She called an end to colourism that many in India still go through.
Meanwhile, Anurag Kashyap’s daughter Aaliyah was recently under fire from the social media audience for uploading photos of herself in lingerie. In a video, she revealed the mental toll rape and death threats had taken on her in the aftermath of it. Read about other celebrity children who sparked important conversations.
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