The business of showbiz may be driven by vanity, but actor Kangana Ranaut chooses to not be "just a pretty little thing".
"There is so much talk about beauty in our industry, especially when it comes to female actors. You are conditioned to believe that you are required only for the windblown hair and the smooth skin. But I am not here to be just a pretty little thing. And it’s not just our industry, but in society in general, too.They would want you to believe that being a girl is all about being pretty," says the 27-year-old, who recently met young underprivileged girls as part of the VogueEmpower campaign for women.
Kangana believes it takes more than lipstick and pancake to make a mark — "If you have talent, people will wait! All my directors who came to me had no backup plans. Those roles were sketched for me. They said, either we do this, or we do something else!"
The actor is happy that she got a chance to participate in the campaign and get the message across to youngsters. "As part of VogueEmpower, I chose to interact with a bunch of underprivileged kids who had no access to education or career counselling. So I gave them guidance and made them aware about careers in our industry. It’s not just what you see on the screen; there is so much more — from managers to assistant directors etc. I helped them understand that there is more to life than living up to someone’s expectations. And one doesn’t need to be eye candy. Girls are not shallow and hollow."