EXCLUSIVE: Ileana D’Cruz’s explosive tell all on being bodyshamed: People ask me why my butt is big
Ileana D’Cruz started off really young as an actor down South but in the last decade, she established herself as a Bollywood star. The actress made her way into people’s heart with her amazing performance in Barfi, Rustom and Raid to name a few.
In a candid interview with Bollywood Bubble, the 33-year-old actress opened up about the prejudices and typecasting she had to face in the industry and battling sexism and body shaming since a very early age. Read on.
Body-shaming is a social ill that plagues society for years and being a woman, you are always expected to be a particular prototype. The same happened in the case of Ileana where she reveals being told to take surgeries and commented on the size of her butt, over and over again.
Sharing her experiences, Ileana told Bollywood Bubble, “I remember those days like it was yesterday. It’s weird because it’s a very deeply ingrained scar. I went through body-shaming right from the time I was 12. I had just hit puberty and growing up. You are hit with these weird comments. And people are passing comments about your body and saying, ‘Oh My God, why is your butt so big?’ And I am like, ‘What do you mean?’ You think you are fine and then suddenly you have random people saying things about you and you start to believe what they are saying. So I think it’s a deeply ingrained scare because you are carrying it for so many years. It takes a lot of inner strength to tell yourself that what they are saying doesn’t matter. What your feel about yourself is most important. And it’s something I tell myself every single day.”
You can check out our entire conversation with Ileana D’Cruz below:
The actress went on to add, “Because I go through it every day. I have at least 10 messages that I can find on my Instagram right now about body shaming for sure. So there’s always going to be somebody saying something about you and it’s harsh. And as much as I would like to tell people can you please be more kind more sensitive because you don’t understand how much it can affect somebody else. The only thing that’s in your control is you and how you think about yourself. So I would constantly just tell people your opinion about yourself is what matters the most. The hell with the world, the hell with what they think. Only your opinion matters. You are someone who is going to live with your body. There are days when I am like, ‘I don’t like this. Is my stomach too bloated?’ But now I am like, ‘No it’s fine, there’s a uterus in there so it’s fine. It’s alright. It’s not gonna be flat.”
On the work front, the gorgeous actress was last seen in The Big Bull. She will be next seen in Unfair & Lovely alongside Randeep Hooda.