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.)
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.