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Ibtida, 22, Student
"I do worry about how I look on the beach a little bit, because people are staring and making odd comments
Mehreen Kabir, 21, Student
"It is a common trend in our culture that a slim figure means beauty, but I don’t think this is the only way to measure or define beauty. Actually, true beauty is inside one’s heart. Yes, other people are judging my body… The pressure for me comes mostly from my family.
"I think we are not perfect in everything and we are born with imperfection, which itself is a beauty."
Zareen Shakila, 21, Student, Dance Teacher, & Part-Time TV Anchor
"I used to judge my own body and myself, and actually thought I had to live my life in a certain way or wear something particular to look good. But I felt it’s better I should do what my heart says. [I'd] rather let my feelings be free.
"Sometimes, in the past, I used to judge other people, but now I don’t. We live in a certain society where people will judge you, but it is up to me if I am thinking like them or living like them."
Fariha Tabasuam, 21, Student
"I have a feeling other people are judging my body. But I don’t do that [to others]. I don’t feel like [judging] others by their structure or body… We all are different, so why should we judge? It’s a bad practice.
"I do think about my dress — which dress I am going to wear? What [will] other people will say about my clothing and me? For these reasons, I like wearing something that no one can say any bad comments about. No one can think badly about me or look at me in a bad way."
Boronika Sharker, 30
"We men and women are all wearing clothes, but men look at us differently. They have a tendency to tease or harass us. And the way they look at us makes me feel ashamed. We women are talking or thinking about equality or equal rights, but we don’t actually get equal rights. We have to face harassment in different situations."