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Roopal Tyagi on her body positivity post: The insecurity business is an epidemic, social media is adding to that

Actor Roopal Tyagi says through her latest post, she wanted to address the insecurities and the notions of beauty that have been created by our society.

tv Updated: Oct 25, 2020, 13:48 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
Actor Roopal Tyagi was last seen in the TV show Laal Ishq.
Actor Roopal Tyagi was last seen in the TV show Laal Ishq.

It took Roopal Tyagi 30 years “to get comfortable” with her body. Waving off her insecurities, the actor recently took to Instagram to share a series of photos and videos. She wrote in her long post, “…So I ditched my photographer, slapped on some basic make up, put on my favourite beach bling brassiere and put my phone to its best use!... And voila! ...” and ended it on a note of self-love.

“We all are in search of beauty but fail to recognise what we already have. I was no different so decided to address my insecurities. But still I was thinking my periods just got over, let’s wait for 15 more days and I was like, ‘Wait hold it, you think you’re secured but actually you aren’t’. So I just decided to do it,” says the actor known for TV shows Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke and Ek Mutthi Aasmaan.

Tyagi has always been conscious about her belly and never shown it on screen. “Even as a teenager when I was thin as a stick and being a dancer I’ve always been fit, but I would always cover my belly,” she says adding the photo shoot was liberating.

 

However, she reveals even now people are messaging and commenting about where she went wrong. “Some are like why didn’t you put a filter in your photos or push your stomach in? I’m like ‘no’, the whole point is that I’m happy with the way I am, there’s nothing to hide. Not even the fold in my abdomen. I won’t use a smudge tool to remove that,” she adds.

The actor says our society has, over the time, created certain ideas of beauty. “The problem is we judge everyone by their photos online that are taken at a certain angle, with makeup and using best light. So they think everybody’s like that. No. We don’t wear makeup, we wake up with swollen face/eyes... And both versions are fine. That acceptance needs to come. Also, I pay more attention to the love and support that comes my way than the trolls,” she states.

Tyagi has been getting a lot of messages from girls about how the post has been motivating. “This insecurity business is an epidemic and social media is only adding to that. I see so many young girls stuck on one flaw in them and instead of seeing how beautiful they are otherwise. No one is perfect,” she says.

Talking more about her post, Tyagi says she isn’t encouraging people to copy what she did and adds the change should happen in their minds.

“The idea is not to tell people to start roaming around in the street half naked because we do live in a society and eventually we must know what to wear when. You’ve to understand that very thin line. The liberation needs to happen in the brain,” she concludes.

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