Mushk Kaleem, a model, talks about her struggles with body dysmorphia and colorism.
In a recent conversation with Frieha Altaf, model Musk Kaleem talked about the tragic disappearance of her father, how society and the fashion industry are obsessed with fair skin, and how she dealt with body dysmorphia.
Kaleem said that her father was taken away ten years ago while he was working in Nigeria for an American company that ships goods. “He was taken from his home on February 22, 2013. This year marks 10 years that he has been lost. “They took him as a hostage, took him off of his ship, and put him on a pirate ship,” she said.
“They were pirates from Somalia. Back in 2013, I was in my second term of college, and we heard that his ship had been taken over and that it had broken down in the middle of the ocean. We knew this because there was another Pakistani man on the ship who made it back,” she said.
The model said that the day before, her mother told her that her father’s death certificate had been made because it’s hard to get paperwork done for a lost person in Pakistan.
When the host asked the model why she hadn’t talked about this before, she said she didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for her. “To get where I am, I have worked very hard. I’ve made it this far because I’m a good person. I don’t want people to say that the girl has been through so much that she deserves a break. I haven’t been through much; I’ve been very lucky. She said, “This isn’t the most important part of my life, it’s just one part.”
Kaleem also talked about how important it is to be financially self-sufficient. “I talk about how important it is to be financially independent so that people realize this is something that everyone should think about at every age.”
The model also spoke out about how people with lighter skin are treated badly in the modeling business and in society as a whole. “I was only nine years old when my grandmother suggested that I use a fairness cream,” she said.
“What really annoyed me was that when I was getting my makeup done, the photographer came in and put the same foundation on my hand that was on my face. He then put on a foundation that was seven to eight shades lighter than my skin tone and told the makeup artist, “Use this on her arms and legs.” “I was very angry and wanted to leave,” Kaleem said.
But she said that most of the people who hired her wanted a model with tanned skin. Kaleem said on Instagram before that she won’t work with clients who ask her to “whiten up” for shoots. “Can’t we just say #DarkAndProud?”
The beauty also said that when she first started out, she was unhappy with her weight. Kaleem has talked in the past about how she had serious body dysmorphia. During the interview, she said, “I always felt overweight, no matter what size I was or what I ate. Even though I only weighed 48 kg because I had body dysmorphia.
“I was so scared that I stopped looking at myself in the mirror. I quit taking baths and showers. It was so bad that it caused me to feel sad.”
She said that her sadness got so bad that she couldn’t get up for 20 hours or more.
“It was the fame, money, and approval that did it,” he said. “I was trying to lose weight by taking fat burners, but my brother caught me. After that, I went to counseling, changed my friends, and ended a bad relationship.”
In a world where it’s too easy to judge someone based on how they act in public, it’s important to look deeper and remember that you never know what someone else has been through. The model did a great thing by talking about her problems and life in order to inspire people who are going through similar things. This is especially important because not many artists talk about body dysmorphia.