"Being imperfect is your own perfect."
Athiya Shetty revealed that she was trolled as a teenager for being skinny.
Athiya said it is always “important to be kind” as our words can have a major impact on people.
The 29-year-old actress said:
“I have fallen into the category of body shaming when I was young.
“People need to realise that body-shaming is not only associated with being overweight but also skinny and I have always believed that commenting on someone’s weight, appearance, anything that can make them less confident is something I don’t believe in.
“You do not know what battle people are facing and you do not know what their insecurities are.”
Athiya Shetty added: “I always believe if you do not have anything nice to say, just don’t say anything at all.
“Our words have such an impact on people and our everyday lives.
“It is important to be kind, how we feel reflects in our everyday activities.”
Athiya went on to reveal that she used to be conscious of her physical appearance during her childhood but now, she is confident with herself.
Athiya, who is the daughter of Suniel Shetty, further revealed that she no longer interacts with online trolls.
The Mubarakan actress said:
“I do not really deal with them anymore. I used to when I was a child and when I was a teenager.”
Talking about her healing process, she said:
“I used to be very conscious of my body, I still am. But I am a lot better because I have confidence in myself today.
“People don’t know what body shaming is, they believe it concerns people who are overweight and that is not okay as well.
“People also body shame who are skinny and who might look a certain way. That is incorrect as well.”
Talking about the notion of beauty in society, she said:
“I do feel that there are so many boys and girls, men and women who aspire to be a certain body type, aspire to be a certain way in terms of their appearance because of social media, because of magazine covers, because of movies, reality shows.
“There are so many false adjectives of beautiful and that’s something scary because there are so many people wanting to look the same way.”
Athiya, who is in a relationship with cricketer KL Rahul, added:
“Being real is beautiful and being imperfect is your own perfect.
“It’s important to help society understand that not everyone will look the same or be the same.
“It’s spoken about women more, but all men are also not the same. It’s tough to sometimes be a certain way you should not need to feel that.”
Athiya Shetty made her Bollywood debut in 2015 with the film Hero, co-starring newcomer Sooraj Pancholi.
The actress was last seen in Motichoor Chaknachoor in which she shared the screen with Nawazuddin Siddiqui.