Shark Tank India’s Namita Thapar Recalls Being Body-Shamed As A Teenager; Was Called 'The Girl With Moustache’

Shark Tank India’s judge and Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Namita Thapar, got candid about her teenage life. Thapar revealed that she had very low esteem for the first 21 years of her life and was bullied for her looks. She shared that she grew up in a ‘conservative Gujarati family’ and had a lot of facial hair and was teased for that.

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In a chat with writer Chetan Bhagat on his YouTube channel, Namita Thapar shared her struggles as a teenager. She said, “I was not like this when I was a kid. I was very overweight, I had a lot of facial hair and acne, I was body-shamed a lot as a teenager. Nobody looked at me, it was me looking at the guys and having crushes, let’s just say that. When you’re body-shamed like that as a teenager, that leaves a lot of scars. I had facial hair, and there was a guy in my class who’d call me ‘the girl with the moustache’ in Marathi.”

She further said, “I used to feel extremely ugly, and I had very low self-esteem. The first time I liked myself, and felt good about myself was at 21, when I became a chartered accountant. For 21 years of life, I did not like myself… So, I judged myself on my looks, my marksheet, which is a strong message to teenagers out there. Now, nobody gives a damn about my 10th grade, no one ever asks me what I did. The best years of my life, when I could’ve been climbing trees and laughing and creating all these memories, the bulk of my life till I was 21 was spent crying.”


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