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This Weightlifting Actress DGAF What You Think Of Her Muscular Body

Bani J did not ask for your opinion.

Gurbani Judge ― also known as Bani J ― is an Indian actress and MTV India presenter. She also happens to lift a lot of weights. Apparently, people think this fact gives them permission to tell her what they think of her body. 

“You’re not a girly girl if you lift weights,” “Girls should only do cardio, lifting is for guys” and “So what steroids are you on?” are just a few of the ways she’s been body-shamed online 

But last week, she’d had enough. And on July 29, Judge posted an empowering photo and caption on Instagram in response to the body-shaming she gets so frequently. 

“I never entered the gym because of what people said I ‘should/ ought to/ must’ look like. I went in there to get strong, to be active, to be healthy, to sweat = to feel better, and more ME,” she wrote. (Read the full post below.)

'Lifting weights will make you look manly'I 'You're not a girly girl if you lift weights' 'I don't lift weights because I just want to 'tone up'' 'Girls should only do cardio, lifting is for guys' 'So what steroids are you on' 'That's way too much muscle.. For a woman' _____________________________________________ All of the above and so much more. I've heard it all. And not once because I actually cared enough to ask, 'hey, what do *you* think of *my* body?'. I never entered the gym because of what people said I 'should/ ought to/ must' look like. I went in there to get strong, to be active, to be healthy, to sweat = to feel better, and more ME. ____________________________________________ I can't remember the last time the thought of 'will this be attractive to so and so' crossed my mind in relation to myself - let alone to me lifting weight. It doesn't happen. I love me so much and that's all that matters, I am so happy (blame all the endorphins) doing what I do day in and out that all else is tuned out. This is something I've gotten better at accepting and allowing day by day. That's why you will always hear people say 'it's not just physical, it's so much more MENTAL' because to get to where you want to go, you have to look within and really be true to yourself and know that yes, this is what I'm about. This is what matters, this puts me in alignment and makes me a more joyful happy productive being. And guess what? You'll end up inspiring and encouraging and being that source for other people along the path too. I don't go around telling people they should eat healthier or lift or try to lose weight, you do you. I'll do me. If someone asks for help I will always do what I can, I recognise the quest - but you need to recognise whether the desire really is there in you or not. Why else do you think we don't see more people walking around with their Tupperware containers looking hench af? Because, if your hearts not in it, no matter how much you try - you'll never get there. Cold hard honest truth. Just like cold hard iron, work and discipline. Just wanted to share that with y'all fam. Do you 🙌🏽💛 #doyou #everyday #womenwholift #loa

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She also credited weightlifting for helping her develop a positive body image.

“This is something I’ve gotten better at accepting and allowing day by day. That’s why you will always hear people say ‘it’s not just physical, it’s so much more MENTAL’ because to get to where you want to go, you have to look within and really be true to yourself and know that yes, this is what I’m about,” she wrote. 

In conclusion: “I don’t go around telling people they should eat healthier or lift or try to lose weight, you do you. I’ll do me.”

Rock on, Bani J. 

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