Collect Your Scars, Build Them into Something Beautiful: Masaba Gupta on Beauty Standards
Masaba Gupta has always stood out with her quirky prints and feminine but unconventional drapes, and if her sense of style and design weren't reason enough to love her, she recently spoke out against beauty standards with a post on Instagram. The 28-year-old opened up about her struggle with acne and dark scars.
Here's what she wrote:
"It's taken me a LOT to put up this picture. But, I felt like I had to. Of course acne is common & weight problems are common and people deal with it and get over it with time. But, what do you do when your bang in the middle of it ? I've had terrible acne for 14 years and by terrible I mean, most days it looked like I had a cigarette stubbed in my face. Dark scars in my face and in my head. There were days I would refuse to leave home without putting powder on my face & refused to put any lights on in the room. I've had men tell me they want to throw up when they see my face. I've run out of my house to school with concealer on my face because I couldn't take it anymore.
So many of you must be bang in the middle of this. Some extra weight , a whole lotta acne. The truth is... you have to go with it. That also means you have to work at getting better. Better health, better skin. Better everything. It's well-being after all. Don't live with what you don't like. Punch it out of your system! You have to cringe when you see yourself in the mirror, cry until you choke. DO.IT.ALL. But once your done with that, you have to run your finger down all the clear, beautiful spots on you & you have to do it every single day. Brush your teeth. Practice confidence. Practice self-esteem. Practice strength. Because we all know it will be knocked out of us 3 mins after we step out of home. Don't expect to read an article about 'beauty coming from the inside' and expect to wake up the next day feeling like your beautiful. Doesn't work like that. If beauty to you is stepping out with a face full of makeup then so be it. If it's about flaunting your scars. So be it. But when you come back home & the lights are out. And every tear has been shed with every remark that Hit you.. until you build your wall & you will be the biggest, best-est version of everything that has happened to you. Collect your scars & build them into something beautiful. #throwback" (Sic)
You do you, Masaba!