As many of you may know I was born and raised in Asia, more specifically India. I was recently in India and was reminded once again just how obsessed the nation is with fair skin and lean bodies. Everywhere you turn there are ads for skin whitening creams and weight loss products. Growing up in India I always felt like I was not good enough. I was constantly being told I was too fat, too loud, and too ambitious! Being myself felt criminal!

For decades I struggled with low self-esteem because I was not the quiet reserved, skinny, girl that everyone wanted me to be. What first started as a change in taste fro