Every Thursday I feature a lovely lady, bloggers as well as other gorgeous ladies I know or meet, who tell us what makes their bodies fabulous!The purpose is to empower women to to accept and love their bodies’ as they are by showing women with various body types, skin colors, hair textures, and more. This week I bring to you the amazing Tanvii of The Fabulous Life of Not So Rich and Infamous!!
What makes your body fabulous?
It hosts my beautiful mind! Together they get me through life.
What is your favorite thing about how you look? And why?
I like that I have a very Indian face and I also like that I resemble both my parent a little bit.
What are your favorite things to wear to flatter your body or just help you feel good?
I enjoy wearing light and flowing fabrics. Indian clothes flatter my body the most, in my opinion, but I also enjoy wearing summer dresses. I dress depending on my mood, which means I feel good in everything.
When it comes to finding clothes, what are some issues you come across? And how do you solve them?
My biggest pet-peeve is synthetic fabrics. I love natural fabrics – cotton, silk, etc. but majority of the main stream stores in America use polyester widely. Natural fabrics are way more expensive than the synthetic ones, which is the opposite in my country. You can find everyday wear clothing for as low as $2.00 in pure cotton. I have not found a good solution so far, but I am on constant look out at the Sale section of every store.
What role do you think the media plays in body acceptance?
The answer to that question worldwide is – HUGE! While in the western society it is all about the skinny bodies, back in the eastern world you also have to deal with the stereotypes of fair skin, thick black hair, big eyes, etc. etc. And magazines, television commercials, even cinema to a certain extent – all of them are trying to sell a cookie-cutter-image of beauty & body which is simply despicable. However, one thing I have learnt is that if you start to love yourself and ignore the media, they automatically stop playing any role in “your” body image. They have the power, because we give it to them. I have decided to take that power back in my hands. I will probably never look like Heidi Klum , but hey but she would never look like me either and that’s the beauty of being individuals.
What are your thoughts on female body acceptance and appreciation?
(oppss! looks like I partly answered this question above …) I believe in health and fitness. I believe everyone should be held responsible for their well being. Not just to look pretty and fit into size 2/4, but because you need to respect your body and take care of it. Hence, I am always trying to be the best version of myself, mentally and physically. Having said that, I also believe in loving myself in the present. We should not compare ourselves to anyone or beat ourselves down because we are not perfect. We have the power to change ourselves, so no matter what size or shape we are in, we need to accept it. Beauty cannot be measured, no matter what the scientists say! :o)
Isn’t she awesome (and gorgeous too)! I love that Tanvi highlighted body image issues that arise in the Eastern world too, many of which are prevalent in the African American community as well.