Women should be lifting each other up, not tearing each other down by pointing out imperfections or shaming someone for being confident, says actress Neha Sharma.
The actress, who has featured in projects like Mubarakan, Teri Meri Kahaani, Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, Youngistaan and Tum Bin II, feels it is time for people to embrace imperfections.
“With changing times, I feel people want to see actors look more real now. Perfect isn’t real. We all have imperfections and everyone’s body is built differently. I personally don’t ever want to give a false image of perfection as I somewhere feel responsible,” Neha said.
“Growing up, I saw photoshopped images of people in magazines and felt inadequate. I don’t want to do the same. Another thing that needs to change: shaming women who are confident. Someone that constantly post selfies or looks in the mirror is often seen as ‘full of themselves’ or ‘big headed’ or ‘self-absorbed’ but what’s wrong with being confident and loving yourself? Absolutely nothing.
“More women should feel this way about themselves and we should have the right to. And as women, we should be lifting each other up, not tearing each other down by pointing out imperfections or shaming someone for being confident.
“I feel now it’s the time to embrace the imperfections and accept ourselves as we are and not feel the pressure to be perfect at all times,” added the actress, who has been named the brand ambassador of Garnier Color Naturals.
How do you think the definition of beauty standard is changing in the world?
“With the changing times, I think the standard of beauty has changed as well. We have become more tolerant to diversity. As a society, we have become much more aware of the need and value of diversity,” said the actress, who has also worked in Telugu films.
“Aging and coloured skin are being embraced now. The obsession with being skinny is gone. I feel now there is awareness that you can be any size, colour or race and yet be beautiful,” she added.
Neha said “haircare is very important”, especially for someone in showbiz.
Images: Neha Sharma on Instagram