A gynecologist and influencer, Dr Tanaya Narendra took to her Instagram to pen a post speaking of the societal pressure brides are put under for losing weight. She  recently got married and opened up about how she was body shamed as a bride by several bridal stores and designers like Tarun Tahiliani.

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“There is SO much pressure on people to lose weight before their wedding – I had that too. Family friends would ask why I wasn’t “dieting” before my wedding (in a span of one month lmao). Some even went out of their way to send me “slimming teas”.

“Bridal stores would body shame (looking at you, Ambawatta @taruntahiliani (yeah, that was a massive shame, because I’d wanted to wear a Tarun T to my wedding since I was 12. Never going there again. (also what’s with these big designers being afraid of big boobs? I cannot sing enough praises for the guys at @anitadongre, who managed to make a beautifully fitting, and genuinely lovely lehenga, all in a span of three weeks!]}) and all kinds of weird comments were thrown at me about my “double chin” and “belly showing in the lehenga haww”, she wrote.

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She further said that , “But you know what? F**k that. Look at me, how happy I am. Double chin and all. Just look at me.

“And that’s all that matters – my closest friends, my lovely family, and my boy love me for who I am. And most importantly, I love me for who I am. And that’s the biggest learning I can share from my wedding. Enjoy it, because happy brides are the best brides.”

Tarun Tahiliani responded to the incident by putting out a statement on the brand’s Insta stories.

The designer sent out a message of inclusivity and  said that the matter would be investigated thoroughly.

Tahiliani later shared an update revealing they had looked into the event and didn’t have the customer’s size (16) in stock at the time, owing to the pandemic. The statement also said they apologize for poorly communicating this to the customer. Tahiliani further claimed to “look beyond shape and size” and strive for diversity.