This Weightlifting Actress Just Shut Down Body Shamers Who Said She’s ‘Too Manly’

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Body shamers are everywhere, especially on social media. For reasons unbeknownst to those with tact, internet trolls insist on stating their insignificant opinions about women’s bodies, and Gurbani Judge has had enough.

The young actress and MTV India presenter, who’s more commonly referred to as VJ Bani, is constantly criticized by body shamers on Instagram despite her incredibly fit physique. In a recent post, Bani quoted some of the comments people have left on her photos, each of which are more hurtful and unnecessary than the last. Because we can never win. If you’re “too big,” someone needs to point it out. If you’re “too skinny,” someone insists you need a sandwich. And if you’re “too fit,” you’re automatically deemed masculine. WTF is up with that?

But instead of shying away from social media and taking things out on her body, Bani stood up for herself — and unintentionally, every other woman who’s experienced something similar — and knocked down the haters.

‘Lifting weights will make you look manly’ ‘You’re not a girly girl if you lift weights’ ‘I don’t lift weights because I just want to ‘tone up” ‘Girls should only do cardio, lifting is for guys’ ‘So what steroids are you on’ ‘That’s way too much muscle.. For a woman’ _____________________________________________ All of the above and so much more. I’ve heard it all. And not once because I actually cared enough to ask, ‘hey, what do *you* think of *my* body?’. I never entered the gym because of what people said I ‘should/ ought to/ must’ look like. I went in there to get strong, to be active, to be healthy, to sweat = to feel better, and more ME. ____________________________________________ I can’t remember the last time the thought of ‘will this be attractive to so and so’ crossed my mind in relation to myself – let alone to me lifting weight. It doesn’t happen. I love me so much and that’s all that matters, I am so happy (blame all the endorphins) doing what I do day in and out that all else is tuned out. This is something I’ve gotten better at accepting and allowing day by day. That’s why you will always hear people say ‘it’s not just physical, it’s so much more MENTAL’ because to get to where you want to go, you have to look within and really be true to yourself and know that yes, this is what I’m about. This is what matters, this puts me in alignment and makes me a more joyful happy productive being. And guess what? You’ll end up inspiring and encouraging and being that source for other people along the path too. I don’t go around telling people they should eat healthier or lift or try to lose weight, you do you. I’ll do me. If someone asks for help I will always do what I can, I recognise the quest – but you need to recognise whether the desire really is there in you or not. Why else do you think we don’t see more people walking around with their Tupperware containers looking hench af? Because, if your hearts not in it, no matter how much you try – you’ll never get there. Cold hard honest truth. Just like cold hard iron, work and discipline. Just wanted to share that with y’all fam. Do you 🙌🏽💛 #doyou #everyday #womenwholift#loa

Hell yes. Trolls, step down. And stay down.

 

 

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