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Lisa Ray Talks About Body Shaming And Walking The Red Carpet. This Is A Story You Want To Hear

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We find it empowering when celebrities get candid about the darker side of living in the limelight. It is refreshing when they call out the evils of celeb culture. And no one does it better than than actor/model Lisa Ray, who became a household name in the country at the young age of 16, after starring in an advertisement. Lisa has also overcome multiple myeloma, a journey she has documented in her book Close To The Bone. Her journey battling body issues is a story young girls everywhere need to hear.

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In a recent interview, the actress got personal with her revelations. “…I am most comfortable in my skin now than ever before. Ironically, I think I am most attractive at 47 rather than when I was 16 years old. Of course, I had a great body but I had so distorted view of my body that I felt so ugly and insecure all the time.”, she said.

Touching up specifically on an important topic, she spoke out about the pressure actresses are put under to look their best on the red carpet. She commented, “One of the matters I have spoken about is the appearance at the red carpet, which in present time, is considered as a big achievement, but no, it is not! There is so much criticism that is so deeply uncomfortable on how people are judged on their body, makeup, appearance,”. “So, I chose to appear on the red carpet even when I was 41-pound overweight because of the steroid use for my cancer treatment…That was a breaking moment for me to talk about something that is deeply personal.”, she revealed.

The actress also mentioned how working in the beauty industry had a big impact on her, sometimes in the worst way possible. She said, “Coming from the beauty industry, where I was in the mercy of very stringent beauty standard and somewhere also feeling guilty of endorsing some of the unrealistic beauty standards, I have understood my responsibility. I feel very strongly about my experiences,”.

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Lisa’s words take us back to the time when Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was cruelly called out for appearing on the Cannes red carpet in 2012. She appeared at the festival post giving birth to her daughter, looking visibly fuller. And while she absolutely owned it,  the baby weight was the topic of discussion among trolls who went on to make unsavoury comments about her weight and everything to do with it.

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Repost from @kidsstoppress using @RepostRegramApp – M0THERHOOD DOESN'T DEFINE ME I was born a nomad. I am spontaneous. I have no regrets. Even with twins, a routine doesn't suit me. I have no typical day and that's my comfort zone. I feel like I'm in the center of this magnificent whirlwind where forces like serendipity, change, faith, personal determination, and support come together, creating new aspects. I have two daughters and I got them through surrogacy. Was it easy? I made it easy for myself because I strongly believe that things always work out for the best. Life is for you. It understands the need of the hour. If you get pessimistic and believe that life is against you, then that's what defines you and you'll find yourself controlling everything. After many years of self-development, I have changed. I make a decision, do everything I can for it and then learn how to let go. It was the same during my journey of surrogacy. The journey was filled with experiences. It didn't happen so easily. There were moments of frustration but I knew if it was meant to be it would happen. Throughout the 9 months we received updates – but did this mean I stopped my whole world because I couldn't wait to see my babies or had no idea what the outcome would be? No. Simultaneously, I was finishing my work and my memoir, Close To The Bone. I worked until the very last day. I truly believe that motherhood doesn't define me. I remember the day. When my husband told me that our 2 daughters had arrived, my heart did a little jig. But when people ask me if it's the best moment of my life, I say, "I wouldn't think so. Motherhood doesn't define me." Through my life, I have learned to separate love and attachment. I am my best self when I do that and that doesn't make me love my kids any less. Close to The Bone is very special to me and I believe it needs time too. The book is about the eras I've lived through, the places I've been to, my experiences. I'm always true to myself and this is my medium to talk about my diagnosis. I've learned a lot from my successes and failures. It's important for my kids to see I work, that I have a voice and can make a difference in the world.

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Must we be so utterly critical of women not of the size and shape that is fed to us by glossy magazine covers? A penny for your thoughts.


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