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Deepika Padukone's new magazine picture becomes the target of skinny-shamers!

By HT

If you are a woman, especially a famous woman, you can’t ever be the right size for social media trolls — judging by the comments being directed at Deepika Padukone, trolls love skinny shaming as much as they enjoy fat-shaming.
 
“Looking too ugly… get some food n rest,” said one commenter, posting on an image from a Vanity Fair magazine shoot shared by the actor on her own Instagram page. In it, Deepika looks a more slender than she normally does. Other comments described her as “anorexic”, “malnourished” and “skinny”.
 
She is nothing of the sort, say Bollywood personalities. Fashion designer Masaba Gupta says, “I thought Deepika looked stunning and surreal in this picture. Having seen her in person, I know she’s somebody who has a very athletic and lean frame, and really slender arms and a long neck. And she’s genuinely like that. Even if she’s 10kg heavier or lighter, she’s going to look the same, because her build and frame are like that.”
 

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Fashion photographer Dabboo Ratnani, who has shot with Deepika on multiple occasions, says, “I didn’t think she looked one bit anorexic or underweight. Rather, she’s someone who is into fitness and a complete health freak, so there’s no way she could be anorexic.”
 
Dabboo adds that maybe the shoot was done in such a way, and with such lighting and editing, that Deepika ended up looking slimmer than she actually is. “I think the angle from which the photo has been shot is slightly from the top, and also the lighting is such that it has a lot of shadow on one side, so it probably is giving the photo an illusion of making her look extra skinny, which is not the case in real [life].”
 
Also, in a photo shoot, it could be a one-off case that an actor was made to stand or pose in a particular way, or maybe the outfit and styling was such that it made her look slimmer than her actual self. US-based celebrity stylist Devki Bhatt points out that every look comes with its set of positive and negative inputs. “Styling, makeup, photography may alter your persona for the few days that they last, but the average of [these elements] is what defines your public image. In the final output, there’s an equal amount of applause and dislike,” she says.
 
Evidently, it has become a ritual for trolls to pick on an actor the moment they post a new picture. The film frat feels that it’s time for actors to become immune to these remarks and accept the fact that everything they post on social media is subjected to public scrutiny.
 
Agreeing to this, Masaba feels sad that women can never win. “She can’t win if she has a big body, nor if she has a thin frame. You have to constantly be apologetic about how you look. I feel women should be allowed to choose to be any body type and nobody should shame anyone irrespective of their star status,” she says.
 
Dabboo feels, “You can’t expect the reaction to every picture to be 100% positive, because there are people who post negative comments just to get attention, expecting that the celebrity might react and reply.”
 
On a slightly different note, Devki believes that in the age of social media, it’s best to take these opinions as positive criticism and grow from there. “You learn from criticism and build your work off it. Being immune would mean you’re fighting these opinions, which in fact come from people who make you a public figure, which would serve no purpose for your role and your position,” she says.