Zaid Ali T's wife claps back at online trolls calling her 'fat, dark and ugly'

Published: December 19, 2018
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PHOTO: YUMNAH ALI T/INSTAGRAM

PHOTO: YUMNAH ALI T/INSTAGRAM

Pakistani-Canadian comedian Zaid Ali T and his better half Yumnah are currently in Pakistan. The famed couple has been keeping us updated on their whereabouts via social media, as they travel the country and we are in awe! Well…most of us…

Ever since the couple tied the knot last year, Yumnah has been subjected to online trolling over her skin colour. Zaid has himself taken on the abuse head on and responded to haters previously, his wife had never really addressed the matter until now.

PHOTO: ZAID ALI T/TWITTER

PHOTO: ZAID ALI T/TWITTER

“Read a comment today on my photo which said, ‘Your wife is ugly because of her dark skin.” It’s so upsetting how most Pakistanis can’t even embrace their own skin colour.”

Taking to Instagram, Yumnah opened up about body shaming in a thought-provoking post. She shared an old picture of herself with a recent one and wrote, “When I was five, my family immigrated to Canada. This is a picture of me at the age of 10. Growing up, I was never made to feel ‘fat or ‘dark’ because my family and the people around me never made me feel that way.”

She further added, “The culture in Canada is such that you are not judged based on your appearance, skin colour, or cast but how you act.”

Yumnah further added that she was first body shamed when she visited Pakistan in 1999.

PHOTO: TWITTER/ZAID ALI

PHOTO: TWITTER/ZAID ALI

“I was hit with rude remarks and cunning looks because of the way I looked. I was called ugly, fat, left and right. Some people thought I would never get married. Everyone felt the need to give me unsolicited advice wherever I went. And I was genuinely confused,” she wrote. “I would think, ‘Why do these people care about my looks?’ I look great and if I actually am fat, how come no one ever told me before?”

She then decided to talk to her mother about this. “She (my mother) said, ‘Yumnah, don’t focus on what other people are saying. Your skin is something you can’t change. Just remember it’s always about how you carry yourself. And always carry yourself with confidence!”

Soon after the post, Zaid took to Twitter to laud her and wrote, “I am so proud of my wife, Yumnah. She’s always been confident about who she is and despite the negativity she received, she always had a positive attitude.”

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Striver
    Dec 19, 2018 - 4:55PM

    You and your husband have responded gracefully. It seems Pakistan’s youth have some sort of inferiority complex. It’s the liberal and progressive Pakistanis on Twitter with these attitudes, supposedly educated and some with degrees from abroad.
    They and the society at large have a long way to go. It’s difficult to change entrenched attitudes. But it’s not impossible to change.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Dec 19, 2018 - 8:33PM

    Some people are beautiful inside and outwardly and she seems to be that person. She seems beautiful to me. Recommend

  • Asim Zeb
    Dec 20, 2018 - 12:02PM

    She is very attractive, has a great smile and very smart.
    Social media has opened up access to the world – surely not all people are sane. Recommend

  • Mehjabeen
    Dec 20, 2018 - 3:46PM

    She is very pretty. I think people are jealous of her Recommend

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