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No amount of make up will help you hide: Shikha Talsania

Shikha Talsania on self-esteem and body shaming
Shikha Talsania

Saionee Chakraborty   |     |   Published 20.10.18, 03:02 PM

How you define self-esteem...

It’s a conversation you need to have with yourself, and love yourself. As it is a human emotion, it tends to waver with the experiences in your life. So, you need to constantly work towards building it up.

Body image issues you had when growing up...

A whole lot of it was me, I must be very honest about that. Also, I had a great support system in my family and my friends. When I was growing up, I was bullied and wasn’t very happy about how I was faring in school or the way I looked. But I’m really glad about it because it made me more aware and the person I am today.

My parents always told me that I am beautiful. They encouraged me to be experimental, ambitious, hard-working, kind and the best version of myself. These are growing pains everybody goes through. You just have to get out of it and that only happens when you are more aware of what you’re feeling.

Social media is, perhaps, adding to body-shaming. Your tips for loving who you are...

I think girls are way more aware and know exactly what social media does. Therefore, they aren’t easily influenced by it, which is great. I’d like to say that you can use as many filters as you want, but you can’t really hide yourself. So, if you love and accept yourself as you are, people will love and accept you as well.

What stood out for you in the conversations you had with the children as the guest of honour at the Dove Self-Esteem Project Workshop held in Mumbai...

How aware they were. It was amazing. They knew much more than I did and are so aware of what they are feeling and what they perceive. They are way more on the ball about it than I ever was at their age. It’s lovely to see young women who are so confident already.

How best to inculcate self-esteem in a kid...

While being part of a project like the Dove Self Esteem project, it’s lovely to see how aware kids already are and how evolved their understanding of the world is. Conversations about self-esteem need to start when children are much younger, and you need to look within and be aware of where your self-esteem or confidence lies so that you can impart the correct message and the right way to deal with this to your child.

What showbiz has taught you about the need to be yourself...

You can wear as much make-up and have as much VFX done on you as you like, but you can’t hide what you really are from the audience.

A book that has left a lasting impression on you…

Paradise Lost by John Milton

A film that celebrates the power of you...

I love so many films. I can’t think of one that celebrates the power of me, but I do love the movie The Birdcage by Mike Nichols! 

In a word, Shikha Talsania is...

...Awesome! 

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