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Lisa Ray is one actress who has never been afraid to talk about the stigmas of society. She proves it again by sharing a strong message and flaunting her bare skin.
“OMG, you are getting old, I can see the wrinkles!”, “You should put on some makeup to hide those pimples!”
These are some of the many things that women get to hear for just being okay with how they look. Of late, however, many celebrities are working towards moving beyond this idea of looking good only with makeup.
Actress, mom, cancer survivor and author Lisa Ray joined the wagon when she recently shared her no filter-no makeup photograph on Instagram.
Lisa shared a beautiful picture of herself accompanied with a soulful message, “That’s me at 47, free and unfiltered. Do we have the courage to be seen as we are? I did not when I was younger. Not everyone will recognize your worth, but love your skin and the stories it tells, your experiences, your essence- know your worth woman!- and the world will reflect back your radiance. (And if it doesn’t, fuck it. You’re lovable and perfect regardless)” – Lisa wrote
This is not the first time Lisa has been out there to break stereotypes and inspire people to embrace their body as it is.
In a recent interview with us when asked about stigmas and notions of living life she said, “Challenge mainstream notions of how life should be. I have often been rebellious and have questioned. And ultimately that’s the meaning of life. It is a journey from darkness to light.”
In one of the throwback picture Lisa shared some time back, she spoke of how she felt when maintaining a toned bod led to serious eating disorders. Her post read: “Here’s an image that’s just a bit painful. An obsession with bony shoulders and collarbone morphed into a serious eating disorder that took years to heal. Shattering perceptions and unmasking pretty pictures to reveal what lies beneath informs the narrative of my writing debut.”
Often women are told to hide their ‘imperfections’. Also these imperfections are itself decided by the society. Absurd right?
In this world accepting our flaws and letting go of all inhibitions is not easy especially since using beauty apps and filters are the current rage. The urge to put out a flawless selfie to garner maximum likes and comments on social media is the sad reality of our times.
Lisa’s post has again given many women the inspiration to embrace themselves. So let’s put out our unfiltered selfies and for once be free and not mask ourselves.
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Mostly Normal is a book of innocence, longing, filial love, angst and acceptance, encapsulating a gamut of human emotions within its lightweight edifice. The book touches the human heart and will stay with you.
Some books enthral you till the last page, and then there are those that you stop reading after turning a few pages. Some books are a one-time read, while you carry some books with you long after you have read them. Then, once in a while, a book hits you so close to home that you find it difficult to slot into any category.
I will put Priyadeep Kaur’s Mostly Normal (BookSoul Reads, 2022) in this last bracket.
At a little less than hundred pages, Mostly Normal is a testimony of the power of words to inspire, irrespective of their length.
Most women do not get to live their lives the way they want, on their own terms. So why should they be tied down in their old age?
Every morning, while dropping the kids at the bus stop, I find a grandfather waiting with his granddaughter. I see him again when I fetch the kids. This has been the pattern for the last few years.
He is seen actively participating in his granddaughter’s activities, from morning and evening walks to attending her parent-teachers meeting, sending her for extracurricular activities to even planning her birthday party. He is admired by all. He is appreciated for making himself useful in his old age. People rave that the doting grandfather is doing his duty towards his children and grandchildren. The much-admired grandfather is also a widower, having lost his wife years ago to chronic disease. It’s also to be noted that both his son and daughter-in-law are working parents.
Every day, the onlookers appreciate his sense of duty and dedication. They say that this is how the elderly should keep themselves occupied. They should bring up their grandchildren while their children go off to work.
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