I had people telling me I was too big to be in media: Hareem Farooq

She has the perfect answer for all

Entertainment Desk December 17, 2016
Hareem Farooq. PHOTO: FILE

A Pakistani actor has yet again been a victim of body shaming, and no, she did not choose to stay silent on the matter this time.

Hareem Farooq, who recently starred in Mehreen Jabbar's Dobara Phir Se, opened up about how people used to criticise her body. “For the longest time I had people telling me I was too big or too fat to be in the media and especially in front of the camera,” she posted on her Instagram account.

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However, the TV-turned-movie actor shared that she has been blessed to work with some amazing people. “I now feel blessed to have worked with some amazing people and receiving immense love from my fans, who judge me more on my talent than my 'body'”.

Talking about embracing one's strength and beauty, Hareem advised women to be content with the way they are, without concerning about what society might think.

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“I just want to reach out to all the people, especially women, who are body-shamed by friends, family, teachers, parents and who are struggling to make their bodies a home for themselves. You are beautiful inside out regardless of what the society wants you to be - just like I am!" the post said. "Learn to love and accept yourself, we all have flaws learn to love and accept yourself, we all have flaws learn to embrace them and make them your strength."


She encouraged everyone to be confident and not let society stereotype them. “Don't let the society label you to their norms. Let your confidence speak for you”.


Celebrity body shaming is a worldwide phenomenon. Bollywood actors including Zareen Khan, Parineeti Chopra, and Hollywood stars Demi Lovato, and Amy Schumer have been the victims.

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A Pakistani | 6 years ago | Reply I like Pakistani artists only. I want to worship Hareem Farooq.
Elder Sis | 6 years ago | Reply Hareem you need to do something about your weight soon if you want a career in the entertainment industry.
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