In this interview, written by the lovely Tara, we had the honor of speaking to warmhearted Payal about her stance on body centralized issues, especially for girls, and how she uses Facebook as an outlet to spread motivational content.
Question one: It’s lovely to speak with you, Payal! What inspired you to discuss body issues, especially for girls, during our conversation today?
It all started from me. After my surgery i used to walk with Walker and then after stick. I feel that i don't look beautiful anymore because of the way i walk after my surgery and of my hair loss during chemotherapy. Girls are generally conscious about their looks and i want them to know that they are most beautiful and beauty doesn't came from body shape or from your style. It comes by thinking no matter what others think about you.
Question two: In introducing your passion for body-positivity, you’d said, “..people think that having a deformity finishes their good body appearance[,] or they won’t look beautiful anymore.” Why is this the mindset that many people with body-dysmorphia have?
But people who have body dysmorphic disorder, think about their real and perceived flaws. They fear that others will notice their flaw or comment on their imperfection.
Question three: What is your definition of beauty? What, to you, makes someone a beautiful person?
There is no definition of beauty but when you smile and can see someone's spirit coming through, it makes you the most beautiful person on earth. I believe beauty is reflected in her, their or his soul not from the physical appearance.
Question four: You mentioned that on your Facebook, you post motivational content and awareness for different issues. Who is the audience that you intend to attract by doing this? What are the benefits of seeing positivity whilst scrolling through social media?
I want everyone to know my struggle and want to attract as many people as I can. It is possible to have thousands of people of audience who may read your post and get inspired. While scrolling down, it encourages me to spread positivity. They might be inspired to spread some of their love in return.
Question five: Who are other uplifting Facebook pages that you would recommend people to follow?
Facebook pages- Soul Speaking, Know my worth, Love yourself, Childhood Cancer Awareness
Question six: How do you encourage a body-positive environment within close relationships, such as family?
I try and let everyone maintain a positive attitude. Keep appreciating yourself!
Question seven: Do people often reach out to you through the internet for advice?
Not much, but a lot of people have messaged me personally for my work and the way I fight against cancer.
Question eight: Who has always been your biggest support system?
My family has always been my biggest support system who never let me down, who stand by me all the time and keep realizing me that you should love yourself.
Question nine: What advice would you give to those who may be struggling with body image?
I want to advise that— Be kind to yourself. Don't compare yourself to others or to the images that you see online or in magazines. Focus on the things you like about yourself and last but not the least love yourself because if you don't love yourself, nobody will love you.