Amid the bras, the periods and the shaving exists the many hassles of being a girl. And for British Asian girls, there is a whole other world of struggles. Deriving from a South Asian background means living a life filled with colour, beauty and sparkle. So, we take a look at ten things only a British Asian girl experiences at some point in her life!
Often, it means having to spell them out to non-Asians:. Although it can be annoying, looking at it from a more positive perspective makes it kind of cool to hear so many pronunciations of the same name.
So, having a complicated Asian name can be an interesting challenge, especially for those who do struggle to pronounce it! Secrecy is sometimes the only way for a relationship to blossom and strengthen, because parents might not be accepting of it.
This can be a tricky situation as it may become difficult for the couple to spend time with each other without raising suspicion. Payal Sanga says:. They might tell your parents because everyone speaks. Women are hairy. But mixing this with Asian genes means that shaving, threading and waxing becomes even more of a turmoil. And because our hairs are dark, it makes it more difficult to conceal. Being hairy has its advantages, though. Asian girls are known to have thick hair on their heads and those monobrows that were once made fun of eventually turn into greatly shaped eyebrows.
White face or orange face? It can either go one way or the other for many Asian girls when they need to find the right shade of foundation or concealer for their skin.
Being able to walk in a sari can take many years of practice — just one wrong step can lead to an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction. Every now and then, it can be an aromatic scent but for the most part, curry has a pungent and overwhelming smell.
Asian girls can be expected to be timid or coy because this has been the conservative view for them for generations. Even today, those girls who stay out late, go out drinking or have sex before marriage are judged negatively by other Asians. The family reputation is tainted if the girl behaves in a way which is deemed intolerable by the rest of society. The younger generations have new and different ideals from the past though which means that traditional thoughts are slowly slipping away.
If an Asian girl reveals that she is studying something creative, she is likely to be met with criticism even today. Both parents have been an amazing support. Milk has an expiry date. And apparently, so do Asian girls. Sarah Harris is an aspiring journalist. Nobody should feel pressured to get married, whether they are in their 20s or in their 40s; marriage should only happen if it feels right.
So, there we have it, the world of a British Asian girl holds many challenges. And the challenges? Well, they are only part of the overall experience! Images courtesy of Kaushal Beauty and Hate Copy.
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