Grace Personified: AISHHWARIYA SUBRAMANIAN
The Unnamed Sardarni From Bombay
This news story from India strangely omits to name the subject of its praise, while hailing her as having bravely rejected ‘tired-old stereotypes‘.
She is a plus-sized woman. She wears a turban. And she’s a feminist. Also, she has no time to care about people pigeonholing her into tired old stereotypes.
People are hailing a post published on the Facebook page of ‘Humans of Bombay‘, featuring a Sikh woman who refuses to subscribe to stereotypes that are largely accepted by society, but which are detrimental in actuality. She says she gets stared at a lot because of her outward appearance, especially her dastaar, but she simply does not care.
In the post, she declares: “People are so quick to judge based on an outer appearance, but I feel comfortable in my skin -- I feel happy and beautiful regardless ... and that’s the message. People will always find reasons to judge you, but if you’re happy and content with yourself -- none of those judgements will matter.”
Her empowering message has been widely appreciated by thousands. People are commending her for spreading a message that is body positive as well as one that empowers women.
One person wrote, “Note all the people feeling inferior about themselves in any way, take note from this lady. You all are wonderful, beautiful, amazing, smart and powerful.”
Here’s her full post:
“I don’t understand stereotypes. Men are supposed to be strong, women are supposed to have long hair and be petite to look attractive. I’m plus sized, I’m a feminist and I wear a turban because I’m a Khalsa. I get stared at a lot, people nudge one another to look at me and so many times they laugh all because I’m wearing a turban on my head and it’s not a ‘woman’ thing to do. People are so quick to judge based on an outer appearance, but I feel comfortable in my skin -- I feel happy and beautiful regardless … and that’s the message. People will always find reasons to judge you, but if you’re happy and content with yourself -- none of those judgements will matter.”
[Courtesy: Better India. Edited for sikhchic.com]
March 13, 2017