Body Positivity Starts At Home, According To Miss World America Of Indian Descent
In early October, Punjab-born doctor Shree Saini made history: she became the first Indian-American to win the 2021 Miss World America title in Los Angeles.
âIt’s a collective victoryâ¦â says the 25-year-old Washington DC resident, in typical beauty queen style. Now she’s busy getting ready for the Miss Universe pageant – she doesn’t reveal much about her outfit for the big day, unless it’s silver and gray.
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For Saini, resilience has been âthe real driving forceâ. She moved from Ludhiana to the United States at the age of 5. Seven years later, he was diagnosed with a low heart rate and required a permanent pacemaker. Later in her life, she suffered severe burns to her face in a car accident. ” I continued. You have to choose yourself no matter what life gives you, âshe says.
In an interview with Salon, she talks about the importance of Indian values, the growing impact of social media on our lives, and the world’s obsession with beauty of a certain type. Edited excerpts:
You have often spoken about how Indian values ââhave shaped your life. What was your greatest learning?
The importance of family and extended family, how we all take care of and support each other. During the darkest times of my life, it was my family that stood by my side.
In one of your interviews, you mentioned that you were bullied or trolled on social media. In today’s age of social media, it becomes difficult to tackle bullying online. How do you protect yourself?
The decision begins with us. If we first decide that we will not give up our power, we will not allow anyone to bully us online, we can block that person or report the person to the authorities or have a simple, candid conversation with the person to help them. rise above gossip, pettiness or jealousy. We always have the opportunity to inspire others to become better. Remember, the decisions start with us.
There is so much talk about body positivity and inclusiveness, but our fashion shows are still mostly about thin and lean bodies. Will that ever change?
I think that is changing. Even in the United States, there isn’t a single store in the mall that doesn’t have clothing for full-sized bodies, as well as bodies and people of color. Over time, it will become more visible. Real change, however, has to start from our own homes. We need to treat everyone equally, regardless of color or body type. It is about how people are as persons and not what they look like.
In the post-MeToo era world, conversations around women’s rights have grown stronger. Do you think the talks really turned into action?
I believe we need to verify the claims of men and women. It is not always a man’s fault; sometimes they are accused unfairly. I am not a feminist. Men and women contribute equally; they must both compliment and support each other. I don’t think women are better than men or men are better than women.
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