Beauty guru Natasha Lakhani's reason for not posting her child's pictures online makes perfect sense

Published 25 Jan, 2022 06:00pm

Images Staff

She asked her followers for space "to share what we may, as we may" because “mera page, meri marzi.”

Photo: Natasha Ali Lakhani/Instagram
Photo: Natasha Ali Lakhani/Instagram

There are many celebs who openly showcase their families on social media and there other others who are far more protective about the identity and privacy of their children and avoid showing their faces. Karachi-based makeup artist Natasha Ali Lakhani is a parent who posts pictures of her daughter but makes sure her face isn't visible or has a sticker over it. She has a very good reason for doing this, which she shared with her followers on Tuesday.

"For all those that keep commenting on why I hide her face understand this, from nazar [evil eye], to security reasons to the fact that I am not comfortable sharing pictures of my child or any child on my very public 1 million plus social media platform," Lakhani wrote.

She said anyone with their senses intact can understand why someone chooses to publicly post something a certain way — especially when they have a large following. Listing down the reasons that worry a parent, she said "From security risks to online portals that use images of children in toxic & harmful ways to scrutiny & the evil eye, a parent has all that to consider when they show their young children to such a huge & varied audience."

The makeup artist emphasised that she's only comfortable enough "to show snippets of her" daughter with a heart covering her face. Bringing up an excellent point about comfort zones and boundaries, she said, "I share a facet of my life in a way that’s comfortable to me. Period. Let’s allow the space to each other to share what we may as we may, mera page, meri marzi [my page, my choice].”

Lakhani is not the first celebrity parent to want to protect her child's privacy — photos of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma's daughter's face were recently spread online when she was filmed at a cricket match unbeknownst to her mother. The couple requested the media to respect their privacy and stop sharing the photos.

Yasir Hussain and Iqra Aziz refused to share a photo of their newborn son Kabir until he was five months old. They later created an Instagram profile for him, introducing him to the virtual world.

It really isn't difficult to understand why parents want to shelter their children from the public eye. Apart from the mean comments — like when they made horrible remarks about Nida Yasir's son and his hair — there are serious security concerns when it comes to putting pictures of young children online. We should listen to parents who say they want privacy for their children until they're old enough to decide if they want to post their pictures online.