Pakistani journalist Arfa fights body shaming in Dubai

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“Self-love to me is being the best version of yourself,” she told Arab News. “It’s being kind to yourself and being self-aware. It’s an ongoing journey and a choice you make every single day.”

 

 

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Pakistani journalist Arfa fights body shaming in Dubai

 

DUBAI: Being plus size Arfa a journalist in Dubai faced bullying throughout her life now she is taking charge to spread positivity.

 

 

 

Born and raised in Dubai, 28-year-old Arfa Shahid is now a freelance journalist and model says it took her 7 years of depression to accept herself and now she wants to create awareness regarding body positivity.

“Self-love to me is being the best version of yourself,” she told Arab News. “It’s being kind to yourself and being self-aware. It’s an ongoing journey and a choice you make every single day.”

Shahid, who claims to be the first Pakistani plus-sized TV reporter, formerly working with ARY News, often hosts motivational talks in Dubai. She has also set up an Instagram account, Hey, Arfa, where she coaches and motivates people on self-love.

“This is where I first started my journey and where I teach people to apply the principles of self-love and value themselves to reach their goals and be the best person themselves,” she added.

Shahid is a model. She often criticizes the lack of clothing options available for plus size.

“I resorted to fashion blogging by sharing things I wear as a plus-sized person,” she said. “I realized that as a result of being bullied all life long, people, such as myself, do not love themselves enough and suffer from confidence issues. This is also the reason why I decided to take my journey.”

Recalling a childhood incident, Shahid said: “I was always a chubby kid and soon from being called a cute kid, the comments started becoming mean. I was still four or five when women in parties started shaming my mother, asking why she overfed me.”

“I remember an Eid when I was just five,” she continued. “All women at a party were only discussing my weight, and I locked myself up in a bathroom and cried my eyes out the entire day.”

Shahid also recounted incidents in school where teachers body-shamed her.

“Incidents like these impacted me,” she said. “I felt people were unkind, and I also started being unkind to myself.”

She was left depressed by such incidents but fought back bravely. She has interviewed many local celebs in Pakistan to create awareness regarding body positivity.

“I think it will be inspiring to see people whom we take as our role models,” she said. “Even famous people who we think are perfect in every way have their insecurities.”

 

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