Aaminah Haq remains unfazed in the face of body shaming by Amna Ilyas

Aaminah Haq remains unfazed in the face of body shaming by Amna Ilyas

Haq says, "Unhappy people tend to gravitate towards hate instead of kindness and compassion."
15 Oct, 2020

Defined as the act of making inappropriate and negative comments about another person’s appearance, body shaming is ubiquitous in our society.

Whether it is weight-gain or fat-loss, the way we look to the way we dress —constant criticism of our bodies is a grave fact of life; and what's worse, women are subjected to it at a far worse scale and intensity than their male counterparts, often by other women themselves.

An old clip from Hassan Sheheryar Yasin's talk show that is making the rounds on social media speaks to the heart of the problem: in it, models Amna Ilyas and Sadaf Kanwal (not known for being politically correct) are seen engaged in a 'harmless' game of Guess the Celebrity.

When asked about a certain former Pakistani supermodel, Aaminah Haq, Ilyas points out how she has gained weight in a rather appalling manner. Proud of their little comment, the models can be seen high-fiving each other.

Sadly, this is exactly how body-shaming is perpetuated.

In a world where appearances can be powerful and cliques are seen to be influential, standing up and speaking for yourself is an act of rebellion; as appearances can be deceptive and cliques can often be vacuous — and it seems Aaminah Haq remains unfazed by both.

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Taking to her Instagram story, Haq responded, "A few of you have tagged me in something a model/actress said about me. Truth be told, if body shaming me made brought some small shred of joy in her life, then your welcome!"

She continued, "Unhappy people tend to gravitate towards hate instead of kindness and compassion."

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Haq is no stranger to unwarranted and unnecessary comments about her appearance on her social media, but by handling it with intelligence and poise, she has shown that beauty is more than thin bodies and young faces— it's about being gracious and kind.

A fact a lot of these new faces forget.


AJ Oct 15, 2020 11:52am
Don't understand the hate here. I think 'sane' people would know that women get dolled up for TV appearances. Those aren't actually how they look like in real life.
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Ali Mehdi Oct 15, 2020 01:49pm
Aaminah Haq was a very elegant model. One of the most decent models our media has seen. Another model I really liked in our teens was Sonia Mahnaz.
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Amudha Oct 15, 2020 04:31pm
Seems she is far more beautiful, both inwardly and outwardly, than her two critics. Petty-minded superficial people. One wonders what they will be left with when their looks fade/become irrelevant.
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Laila Oct 15, 2020 05:42pm
But this is old news?
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Ehsan Oct 15, 2020 06:46pm
Very decent and appropriate response
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Illawarrior Oct 16, 2020 04:35am
Anyone can criticise you, but no one else can cause you to feel shame. How we react to criticism is completely our choice.
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