Various social media platforms have come under criticism and have been accused of projecting unrealistic body images – a recently held meet in the United Kingdom (UK) saw eminent social media influencers, including Indian origin Harnaam Kaur, talk about how body images affect young people.
“The way that women’s bodies and men’s bodies are being portrayed, are not actually their natural form,” body positivity campaigner, Harnaam Kaur said at the Parliament’s annual Youth Select Committee in UK.
“I do also feel that companies need to open up their doors to people who do look different and actually stop photoshopping images,” she was quoted.
Kaur has been fighting body shaming since she was a teenager. As a person of colour, she would often be a victim of bullying, but matters worsened when she started developing facial hair at 16 due to a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
Shamed and called names, Kaur grew up to accept her natural hair and has been fashionably adorning her beard ever since.
An Instagram star now, she advocates being one’s true self and not falling prey to the ‘photoshopped’ images.
The 25-year-old from Slough, Berkshire in UK, has had a gorgeous photoshoot and uploaded the images on social media, giving out the message of embracing your body as it is.
With six inch long facial hair and her traditional turban, Kaur is also a model, having worked for Urban Bridesmaid Photography in the past.
In March 2016 she became the first female with a beard to walk the ramp at London Fashion Week; the same year she bagged the Guinness World Record for becoming the youngest woman in the world to have a full beard.
In her recent address at the Parliament’s annual Youth Select Committee, Kaur stresses how she used Instagram to showcase and flaunt her reality and didn’t allow the platform to govern her style or identity.
“That is why Instagram is so important for me, to do photoshoots and show people it is okay to look different,” she said.
Post the event, Kaur has been busy filming for #Sorrynotsorry, a BBC campaign, voicing the people who are not sorry for being the way they are.