Sonam Kapoor is regarded as one of Bollywood’s most glamorous and fashionable personality. From her almost flawless red carpet appearances to her smoking hot photo shoots, several women aspire to be exactly like her.
However, Sonam tells all the women out there why they should aspire to be just the opposite of that. In her latest essay, "I Didn’t Wake Up Like This" for Buzzfeed, the star shatters the myth of flawlessness that surrounds actresses and shares her honest story and inspiring views about how women should pursue their own version of pretty.
From sharing her own experiences on how she battled weight issues in her teens to how she redefined the rules of beauty for herself, here are some of our favorite quotes from Sonam’s essay that are just way too real and relatable for every girl.
“I know now that there’s nothing wrong with stretch marks, cellulite, or scars. They’re markers of our growth. There’s beauty in their realness.”
“But pursue prettiness for yourself, by your own definitions – not to meet culturally preset notions of “flawless”. Because flawlessness is a dangerous, high-budget myth, and it’s time we shattered it.”
“It takes an army, a lot of money, and an incredible amount of time to make a female celebrity look the way she does when you see her. It isn’t realistic, and it isn’t anything to aspire to.”
“So, for every teen girl leaning into her bedroom mirror, wondering why she doesn’t look like a celebrity: Please know that nobody wakes up like this. Not me. Not any other actress. (Not even Beyoncé. I swear.)”
“Aspire to confidence. Aspire to feeling pretty and carefree and happy, without needing to look any specific way.”
In an age where women are constantly body-shamed, be it over weight, skin color or several other factors that are deemed to define "beauty", Sonam’s essay is definitely worth a read and just makes us love her even more. Way to go girl!