I used to wear a lot of padding and feel bad about myself: Erica Fernandes on being ‘thin-shamed’ in South Indian film industry


Undoubtedly, television’s leading lady Erica Fernandes is a raging sensation amongst her fans and followers. But before she rose to fame with Kuch Rang Pyaar Ke Aise Bhi series and the reboot of Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Erica acted in several South Indian films. However, her early experience in the South film industry wasn’t a pleasant one as the actress recalled being body shamed for being too skinny.

In a conversation with entertainment portal Bollywood Bubble, Erica opened up on the body-shaming issues that she faced in the South Indian entertainment industry. She made a shocking revelation of being stuffed with paddings in order to look ‘voluptuous’ on screen.


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“I was thin-shamed a lot because I was very skinny compared to whatever they expected me to or a South actress needed to be at that point of time. They wanted voluptuous women. They used to stuff me. I used to wear a lot of padding and I used to feel very bad about myself. It’s uncomfortable that you’re not accepting the person the way they are. They used to put paddings everywhere. I used to feel disrespected. It used to be like that,” said the actress.

However, this was the case before and she is ‘glad’ that a lot of things have changed in South Indian film industry for good. “I’m glad that is it is not the case anymore and people have moved on from that. Things are different right now which is very good,” she concluded.

(Source- Bollywood Bubble, Indian Express)