Beauty is more than having big almond-shaped eyes, a fair complexion and fuller lips. It’s about confidence, self-love and a big heart…or so we’d like to think. But society has for eons tried to tell us otherwise. And us real girls aren’t the only ones bearing the brunt.

You’d be surprised to know that your favourite Bollywood celebrities, who are literally considered the epitome of beauty, face the same pressure. They too fall prey to nasty trolls, unfair judgments and harsh criticism. Yeah, let that sink in.

Thankfully, they are not having any of it and are here to break those beauty stereotypes. This International Women’s Day, we put together the most inspiring things celebrities had to say about beauty. They will make you rethink your definition of beauty for sure. 

 

It's so primitive that people are judged on the basis of the colour of their skin – Priyanka Chopra

It's so primitive that people are judged on the basis of the colour of their skin – Priyanka Chopra

“When I was growing up, I didn’t see anyone on television who looked like me. Because I’m darker, I had issues as a teenager — society pressure that a girl is prettier if she’s lighter. Pressures exist, and it’s on us to make those pressures not seem important to girls. I’ve achieved what I’ve achieved, and skin colour has nothing to do with it — in fact it might have been an asset.”

 

It is not the outside that defines who you are – Aishwarya Rai Bacchan

It is not the outside that defines who you are – Aishwarya Rai Bacchan

New moms, take notes from the former beauty queen. “Weight gain can happen at any point in time, and it is something that you are dealing with anyway, and it is OK. It is ridiculous to have this dictate your very being because I have always said that it is not the outside that defines who you are.”

 

I've realised that my body is of a certain type, and I have learned to accept it –Vidya Balan

I've realised that my body is of a certain type, and I have learned to accept it –Vidya Balan

Weight is just a number and Vidya Balan can vouch for that, ladies. “Weight used to be an issue, I was always fat as a child. And everyone used to tell me, 'You've got such a pretty face; why don't you lose some weight?' Over the years, I've realised that my body is of a certain type, and I have learned to accept it.”

 

We really need to diversify the idea of beauty – Kalki Koechlin

We really need to diversify the idea of beauty – Kalki Koechlin

“I think beauty is far more than what we see today in commercial cinema or magazine covers. We really need to diversify the idea of beauty and include a lot more, the obvious factors being skin colour and age, but I also think that objects and ideas can be beautiful, so why restrict it to just physicality? We are not perfect beings. I want people to look at my laugh lines and wrinkles around my eyes, which are getting stronger with experience and age. I think a great sense of humour is a great tool for beauty as well.”

 

Aspire to confidence. Aspire to feel pretty and carefree and happy, without needing to look any specific way – Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

Aspire to confidence. Aspire to feel pretty and carefree and happy, without needing to look any specific way – Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

Leave it to Sonam to burst the bubble of on-screen glamour. “It takes an army, a lot of money, and an incredible amount of time to make a female celebrity look the way she does when you see her. It isn’t realistic, and it isn’t anything to aspire to. Aspire to confidence. Aspire to feel pretty and carefree and happy, without needing to look any specific way.”

 

I love the lines on a face as they describe the life one has lived – Kareena Kapoor Khan

I love the lines on a face as they describe the life one has lived – Kareena Kapoor Khan

Bebo ages like a fine wine. Now, we know how. “I am the biggest advocate of ageing gracefully. I love the lines on a face as they describe the life one has lived. And grey hair makes you look elegant. I am happy to grow old naturally.”

 

I was a chubby kid, but as far as I was concerned, I found myself beautiful even then – Alia Bhatt

I was a chubby kid, but as far as I was concerned, I found myself beautiful even then – Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt spells out beauty and self-love for haters. “I don’t remember my mother ever telling me that I was beautiful. I was a chubby kid, but as far as I was concerned, I found myself beautiful even then. I believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So when you love yourself, you will find yourself beautiful in any shape or size.”

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