Ileana D'Cruz has been struggling with her body image for a while now. She has spoken about her insecurities with her appearance and often calls herself with names such as weirdo or asking herself, 'Why am I like this'. Over the years, Ileana has learned to accept her body type and still overcoming her insecurities. The actress has now admitted that she suffers from body dysmorphia. She said that there are days she feels disgusted when she looks at herself in the mirror.
“That’s the problem with body dysmorphia. No matter what size you are, no matter what number you are on the scale, you will always find fault with yourself. And the problem is you end up asking people to validate your fears,” Ileana D'Cruz told Hindustan Times.
Ileana has now realised that when you embrace yourself completely, you are in a better state of mind. "When you embrace every bit of you as an entire whole that somehow makes you so much stronger and makes you so much more beautiful,” she added.
The 34-year-old actress had spoken about her body image issues back in 2017 and since then she has been talking about it on social media as well. However, she is yet to accept everything about herself.
"There are days when I look at myself in the mirror and I am honestly disgusted (laughs). But the difference now is that I make it a point to look at myself in the mirror and find one aspect, one feature about me that I love or like,” Ileana said adding that she feels better when she focuses on the good rather pointing out the flaws. She said, "everyone who struggles with accepting themselves should try this, too.”
Last year, Ileana had made a candid confession on social media, with a monochrome picture she posted on Instagram where she strikes a pose in bikini. Tagging herself as 'beautifully flawed', Ileana had written, "I've always worried about how I looked. I've worried my hips are too wide, my thighs too wobbly, my waist not narrow enough, my tummy not flat enough, my boobs not big enough, my butt too big, my arms too jiggly, nose not straight enough, lips not full enough… I've worried that I'm not tall enough, not pretty enough, not funny enough, not smart enough, not 'perfect' enough."
She had further added, "Not realising I was never meant to be perfect. I was meant to be beautifully flawed. Different. Quirky. Unique. Every scar, every bump, every 'flaw' just made me, me. My own kind of beautiful. That's why I've stopped. Stopped trying to conform to the world's ideals of what's meant to be beautiful. I've stopped trying so hard to fit in. Why should I?? When I was born to stand out."
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Ileana will next be seen in Ajay Devgn's production, The Big Bull, a film reportedly based on India's biggest securities scam of 1992. The film also stars Abhishek Bachchan. She will also be seen in her upcoming film, Unfair N Lovely, which is a comic take on India's obsession with fair skin. Set in the backdrop of Haryana, the film chronicles the story of a dusky girl. Ileana has been paired with Randeep Hooda for the first time.
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