Chubby cheeks, dimple chin
Rosy lips, teeth within
Curly hair, very fair
Eyes are blue – lovely too.
Teachers pet, is that you?
Yes, Yes, Yes!
My first idea of what was considered beautiful came to me in the form of my kindergarten nursery rhyme. At the age of five, I remember staring at my eyes in the mirror and wondering if they would change to blue overnight. After all, leaves change their color from green to yellow all the time.
Starting from girlhood, women have had to bear the brunt of a bombardment of mixed messages on what is considered to be the ‘ideal beauty’ standard. If the nursery rhymes didn’t get to you, then it would be Barbie or later it would be TV advertising.
On this episode Sweety and Pappu try to reverse the tide, and push back on these messages. At the forefront of this tide are some amazing women (and men) who come in various sizes, shapes and colors. We tell you that its ok if your left boob is slightly bigger than your right. We tell you to flaunt your awesomeness as you like it, whether it’s wearing a tube top or a hijab. And yes, you have your permission to look fabulous.
Outro Soundbyte from movie – Dum Laga Ke Haisha, 2015 starring Bhumi Pednekar
“Fuck what your Mama told you, and love what your Mama gave you!” – Sweety and Pappu
“Right now on TV, it is the golden era for body positivity because instead of just seeing traditional, straight haired, thin ideals of beauty, we are seeing more curvier, full figured women with curly hair and stretch marks, like Mindy Kaling, Viola Davis and Lena Dunham .” – Pappu
“Bollywood needs to go back to the golden age of cinema from the 50s and 60s. Our actresses were voluptuous, full-figured, had jiggly bellies and big butts. They oozed confidence and owned it.” – Sweety