Malaika Arora is often hailed as one of the sexiest women in India. For decades, she stood for the unattainable beauty standards that women around the world all but kill themselves for. But this powerful Instagram post displaying all her stretch marks to the world, may have changed that all. And we are here to stan a queen who can serve lewks and realness all at the same time!
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Mainstream standards associate beauty with inhumane flawlessness. Stretch marks are gandi baat and women are taught to hide them at all points of time, at all costs. From cocoa butter to desi ghee, we are told to apply it generously to get rid of it all. But, you know what? Stretch marks are frikking normal and everyone has them. Fat people have them, skinny people have, even Malaika hottie-mc-hottie Arora has them! So everyone needs to chill.
Arora has a 17-year-old son. It is normal for women who have given birth to have stretch marks on their lower abdomen. Usually celebrities choose to get surgery (which is also fine as it’s their choice) to remove their scars because society puts so much pressure on them to look flawless. The fact that Arora opted to not do so is commendable. It takes a lot of guts (as one of her besties Kareena Kapoor Khan would say) to go against societal norms, especially when you’re in the public eye. And Arora is guts on toast.
The comments section of Arora’s post is already filled up with ageist and body shaming remarks from trolls. But there are positive ones too and we’re here for it. Let a woman live, on her own terms.