Ileana D’Cruz revealed in an interview that “unknown strangers” began body-shaming her when she was 12 years old.
Ileana D’Cruz, who recently appeared in the film The Big Bull, has been outspoken about her experiences of body-shaming. But did you know that the actress has been struggling with this problem since she was a child? The actress recently discussed her journey, claiming that “unknown strangers” used to make comments about her body when she was as young as 12. Ileana said in an interview with Bollywood Bubble,
“I remember those days like it was yesterday. It’s weird because it’s a very deeply ingrained scar. I went through body-shaming right from the time I was 12. I had just hit puberty and growing up. You are hit with these weird comments. And people are passing comments about your body and saying, ‘Oh My God, why is your butt so big?’ And I am like, ‘What do you mean?’…”
Speaking of the harrowing incident, Ileana said that those remarks have remained with her like a “deeply rooted tattoo” that she has been bearing with her for years.
“You think you are fine and then suddenly you have random people saying things about you and you start to believe what they are saying. So, I think it’s a deeply ingrained scar because you are carrying it for so many years. It takes a lot of inner strength to tell yourself that what they are saying doesn’t matter. What your feel about yourself is most important. And it’s something I tell myself every single day,” she said.