Sania Mirza ate Apples while Pregnant for ‘Fair-Skinned’ Baby

Shoaib Malik reveals Sania Mirza was made to eat apples during her pregnancy for a ‘fair-skinned’ baby. He also spoke about beauty standards.

Sania Mirza ate Apples while Pregnant for ‘Fair-Skinned’ Baby - f

"My crush growing up was Kobe Bryant"

After giving birth, Sania Mirza opened up about her pregnancy and what followed, provided the pressure to return to the playing field and get back in shape.

But one detail, that Sania Mirza left out, has been revealed by her husband Shoaib Malik.

In his appearance on Nida Yasir’s sehri transmission opposite Ushna Shah, the two ended up discussing a range of topics, including the Desi obsession with fair skin.

To add to the conversation, Shoaib Malik revealed: “My mother-in-law made my wife eat a lot of apples during pregnancy because they say that by doing so, the child turns out to be fair-skinned.”

Ushna implored, “But your son is fair,” to which Shoaib Malik replied, “very fair, so I suppose it worked,” laughing it off.

But Ushna refused to let the conversation die down.

Taking the opportunity to reinstate that dark skin is beautiful and highlight the absurdity of deeming fair skin superior to every other skin type, she added:

“I think tall, dark and handsome is a great thing. My crush growing up was Kobe Bryant, who’s a Black man. So, I don’t understand this obsession.

“There are so many beautiful women in our industry who have a darker complexion.”

Nida Yasir also added that Waheed Murad, a “chocolate hero” was also gorgeous.

The actress went on to recall what an uncle of hers from her father’s side of the family had said to her:

“He said I am only 60% beautiful and 40% attractive because I wasn’t as fair as them.

“So it was then that I discovered that there’s also this notion of fair being associated with beauty, but if you’re good looking and not as white, you can only be called ‘attractive’.”

She went on to renounce such false and discriminatory beliefs by declaring, “I love my tanned skin.”

Ushna Shah regularly speaks about beauty standards in the entertainment industry.

In 2019, Mushk Kaleem had also refused to endorse brands and campaigns that require her to lighten her skin tone with makeup.

She had declared: “No, I’m not a pearlescent white-skinned girl, I’m dusky and bronze.

“To all the clients who book me for shoots and then expect me to douse myself in lighter makeup to make me look ‘acceptable for lawn’, I’d rather you not book me at all.”

Ravinder is a Journalism BA graduate. She has a strong passion for all things fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. She also likes to watch films, read books and travel.