‘My journey to Plus and Proud’
As a child, I wasn’t really ‘big.’ When I look back at pictures, I ask myself why a small child who hardly weights that much, was told she was big and was constantly compared to sisters, cousins and family members. These comparisons were never meant to empower, but always to put others down.
I would constantly get comments like, “You shouldn’t be eating too much.”
Even on occasions I had cleaned the whole house and sat down for five minutes an Aunty would comment, “Are you being lazy again?”
When I had enough, people stopped commenting on my weight.
I started med school and truly started valuing myself more and seeing my own worth whilst being confident in my skin.
I realised people having a problem with me being fat, was their problem and not mine. I explained to those making the comments that it wasn’t nice, and they would apologise and refrain.
‘How to help South Asian women speak up’
It still surprises me that my work as an influencer is considered ‘empowering.’ I believe more South Asian women should put themselves out there and go for their dreams, to the point it’s normalised. Women can fix each other’s crowns, to uplift one another.
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