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An ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams, she conquered the web world with her impeccable acting skills and charming personality. The doe-eyed beauty, who made her debut with Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav 2.0, first got the recognition she deserved when she played Tara Khanna in Amazon Prime Original’s popular series Made in Heaven. A lethal combination of beauty and brains, here's presenting Sobhita Dhulipala, the February 2020 digital cover star of Be Beautiful.

Breezing in like a breath of fresh air, all pumped up for the shoot, Sobhita keeps it casual yet chic in colour-block yoga pants and a black blazer. Every eye in the room is riveted on her, yet no one's on pins. Sobhita's calm, confident, unfussy and all set to shoot for our cover - But First, Self-Love!

An actress, model and beauty pageant title-holder, Sobhita’s younger, nerd self would have never imagined herself as a public figure. The bold and fierce actress reveals that she once struggled with self-love. She recollects, “Growing up, I felt like I was not enough because I wasn’t conventionally beautiful, I wasn’t a light-skinned person that media usually defines as pretty.”

“Growing up, I felt like I was not enough because I wasn’t conventionally beautiful, I wasn’t a light-skinned person that media usually defines as pretty.”

Despite society’s unrealistic beauty standards, Sobhita had her own journey of self-love, learning to celebrate her roots and embrace who she truly is along the way. Sure, she wears makeup, but she doesn't feel the need to hide behind it. “I like to feel we are complete without makeup. If you feel the need to put things on to feel pretty, then you start to depend on it and it becomes an extension of your personality,” she explains. In that vein, she quite rightly describes herself as vulnerable, unafraid and accepting.

She admits it wasn’t an easy transformation for her, but she realised early in life that physical beauty isn’t everything. “As a kid, I didn’t feel pretty at all. I was an awkward, nerdy child. So it became important to me to have other skills, be good at studies, learn dancing, and read a lot of books. This eventually led to developing a personality that held its own. I realised I didn’t need to look a certain way to get attention.”

Being a foodie, her idea of self-care on a busy day at the shoot means stuffing herself with a lot of junk food. However, this year she wants to change her unhealthy habits. “I want to start eating healthy and get enough sleep because it really does make a difference.”

An honest and engaging conversationalist with an amazing sense of humour - is how we would describe Sobhita. She is full of life and great advice. Speaking to her fans, she advises, “Don’t copy, get yourself the right hero. If you admire somebody, try to find out why you like them. This way you won’t get influenced and lose the sense of your own self.”

“Don’t copy, get yourself the right hero. If you admire somebody, try to find out why you like them. This way you won’t get influenced and lose the sense of your own self.”