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VJ Bani Spoke Out About Being Constantly Body Shamed For Being Too Muscular And She DGAF

She recalled a time when a well-known casting director asked her if she had become a man; and if she'd grown a penis yet. "Trust me I’ve been there. Today I see so many celebs thrashed, body shamed online — and these are beautiful, seemingly perfect-looking people."

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Fitness enthusiast Gurbani Judge a.k.a. VJ Bani recently wrote a piece for The Hindustan Times in which she talks about how she's been body shamed for having a muscular physique.

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"I have drool-worthy abs and a muscular body by choice, and that has put me at the receiving end of so much body shaming, it’s unbelievable. India puts too much emphasis on a certain kind of a body. For a woman, thin is supposed to be good, and if there’s any deviation — too thin, too fat, or muscular (manly, they call it!) – she hears no end about it," she wrote.

She explained that she was an awkward kid growing up but when she turned 19, she decided to start working out – and that's when the comments about how "manly" she's becoming started pouring in.

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"No one, neither men, nor women, could get it. Why do you work out so much? Muscles for a woman… why? Are you really okay, or do you need help?"

She recalled a time when a well-known casting director asked her if she had become a man; and if she'd grown a penis yet.

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"It’s beyond their comprehension that their definition of beauty is not the definition of beauty. I just let them be. Blatant ignoring works best. Over the years, I have realised that when you are not really sure of what you are and want to be, people will walk all over you, all the time," she said.

She advised people to not bother about what others think or say.

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"Trust me I’ve been there. Today I see so many celebs thrashed, body shamed online — and these are beautiful, seemingly perfect-looking people."

She ended by saying she really doesn't give a damn about body shamers.

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"I am happy that I am able to showcase the extent of body transformation women too can do. It’s all within us. Not in other people’s minds. So listen to your own self, always," she said in her blog.

Read the original Hindustan Times article here.

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