Actor Saloni Chopra just served us major body positivity goals. Image: Facebook
Writer, feminist and actor, Saloni Chopra is no stranger to being objectified by the netizens or given advice she doesn't need. From telling her innumerable times that she looks like actor Katrina Kaif to unsolicited 'advice' to get her nose fixed to look more like Katrina or apply sunscreen for her freckles, Saloni has seen it all.
Best known for her work on MTV Girls on Top, Saloni took to Instagram to share a photo series talking about the gender stereotypes. In one of the posts, she asked her followers, "Tell me what makes you who you are?"
Then she proceeded to reveal her answer to the question, "One thing that defines me after my sensitivity - is my nose. People always tell me to ‘get it fixed’ & I’m like ‘But I love it. I get it from my moms side, it makes me ME.’ I’ve heard ‘you’re an actress, your angles will be limited on camera’ - but really, no they won’t. The camera doesn’t care what my nose looks like & neither do I." Well said, Saloni!
Tell me what makes you who you are? It could be your voice, the way you sit, your crooked teeth, or your smile. Maybe it’s how you snort when you laugh, or the way you dress, or maybe, you’re too sensitive like me. What’s your thing that people have time & again tried to take away but it’s embedded so deep within you that they couldn’t? I’ll start. One thing that defines me after my sensitivity - is my nose. People always tell me to ‘get it fixed’ & I’m like ‘But I love it. I get it from my moms side, it makes me ME.’ I’ve heard ‘you’re an actress, your angles will be limited on camera’ - but really, no they won’t. The camera doesn’t care what my nose looks like & neither do I. It’s a bit useless cause I can’t usually smell things, but, when I get told ‘If you just got your nose done smaller...’ it bothers me - makes me wonder why people focus so much on the smallest (in my case biggest LOL) aspects of a girls face but when it comes to our Men, have we ever even looked at their nose? Lips? Or their forehead? If she has wrinkles she’s ‘gettin old’, but he - he’s mature. He’s aging ‘gracefully’. It’s sexy. Thousands of girls undergo surgery just to look the way beauty demands them to. The saddest part is, you rip her apart for looking the way she does, but when she alters herself to fit into YOUR Society’s expectations & stereotypes, you rip her apart for that too. They don’t call it a ’Man’s World’ for nothing. I made my own decisions, & chose my own path. I’m not against surgery, I’m against someone else deciding what makes you beautiful. I think people should do what they want to do. You’re not here to look beautiful for somebody else. In fact this fascination my country has with actresses being flawless is so disturbing. As ‘actors’ why do we have to look so picture perfect all the time? Cinema is about recreating life, telling stories that belong to people, and people - aren’t all perfect. People are real. My job isn’t to look beautiful to be objectified, my job is to be... a part of the story I’m trying to tell. If I were to alter a part of my body/mind, it would be cause that’s what ‘I’ want - not what others demand. That’s my thing. What’s yours?
Soon enough, her refreshingly honest post inspired many others to voice out their insecurities. From being too skinny to impaired denture and tanned skin, her followers came back in full force.
While we dig her glam OOTDs and gorgeous photography, sometimes a refreshingly real take on human securities is all you need to turn around a bad day and feel you're not alone.