EastEnders star Gurlaine Kaur Garcha, who plays Ash Panesar, has been enjoying a beach holiday in Dubai. While there she posted some pictures to her Instagram of her enjoying herself on the beach – including one of her with her pregnant sister with the caption, ‘Looking forward to welcoming you to the chaos bubba. how blessed are we. life is great and family is everything.’
Elsewhere she also jokingly compared her body to her pregnant sister’s.
Amid all the positive comments, it wasn’t long before the trolls were out, attempting to body-shame Gurlaine for daring to happily wear a bikini in public by sending her a nasty direct message.
Gurlaine was having none of that nonsense.
In her next post, she shared the message she’d received, with the sender’s name obscured, and addressed the troll and anyone else who might have been considering posting a negative comment.
‘Thankfully, I am confident in my own skin. Of course i have insecurities with certain parts of my body like everyone else, but nothing too extreme,’ she said, but pointed out that trolling could have far worse effects on others.
‘For some people it’s not as simple as that. some really struggle with body image and confidence. they aren’t able to feel comfortable within themselves each day, and sadly it doesn’t stop there. These struggles can lead to poor health and diet, depression, self doubt, self harm and mental health issues,’ she stated.
‘What if someone who was struggling received a message like that? What if they weren’t able to shrug it off like I was able to?’
She told the person who sent the message that she wouldn’t reveal their name because she didn’t want them to be targeted in retaliation by her fans. ‘I really hope that the message you sent me is the last, and you’re able to change your ways going forwards,’ she said.
Gurlaine ended with a plea for kindness on social media. ’I know it’s cliché but you really don’t know what others are going through. Always choose to be kind. Social media can be a dark place but it doesn’t need to be. Let’s build each other up, not tear each other down.’
She signed off her powerful message with the hashtag #bekind. To which we’d add – #BeMoreGurlaine.
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