Recently I have helped take part in an amazing project by @farwahmirza which is connected with south asian beauty standards, typically in areas of India and Pakistan. Females of all ages are sentenced to a life of insecurity and shame due to the way that they look, most of the time by their own family members, which I have seen happen myself! The three examples presented here of a plus-sized woman, a woman with blemishes and a dark-skinned woman.
This project is promoting beauty standards away from the norm of our society, with the intention to create a change in the ideologies of both men and women. They are all real examples of women and little girls who have been shunned from their society and labelled as unattractive and put beneath everyone else, in a made-up hierarchy of south Asian beauty ideals.
Beauty is all around us - whether it be dark-skinned or light-skinned, slim-sized or plus-sized, blemished or clear-skinned. Our culture and ideals or the older generations/ancestors should not define what we perceive beauty to be now. Especially since we come from/are descended from a place that is so rich and diverse with so many different ethnic backgrounds, traditions, way of life, languages and dialects, even rooting down to the geography of the area.