Masaba Gupta on racism in India: Grew up thinking I was inferior to white-skinned people

Updated: 20 July, 2020 17:11 IST | Mohar Basu | Mumbai

Masaba Gupta reveals how she grew up thinking she was inferior to white-skinned people and how racism exists within our country

Picture courtesy/Instagram account @masabagupta
Picture courtesy/Instagram account @masabagupta

Fashion maven Masaba Gupta, who has always been outspoken and voice of body positivity, raises the concern of racial discrimination in the society today. Speaking about the recent campaign of Black Lives Matter in the US and all over the world, Masaba voiced out that we need to first take care of our 'brown lives matter' in India and then worry about the US. She finds it bizarre that racism that is done so far away from home is creating such an uproar. Look at the kind of racism people who are dark-skinned in this country have to face. She believes that if Indians say it just as a joke, one thinks it will pass. Indian culture has ingrained the idea of being fair-skinned related to success. And one thinks that is the truth.

Masaba unabashedly says that unfortunately, the beauty, fashion and Bollywood industry are to be blamed and how many times do you hear that you have to be fair-skinned to land a certain role or an advertisement?

In a recent interview, Masaba said, "It is easier for us to speak because it is not happening in our backyard. I had a really tough time in school. Everyone used to be like, 'oh my god! Why do you keep talking about it? It is not a big deal'. The fact of the matter is that it is a big deal. I grew up thinking I was inferior to white-skinned people. And as a child if you are conditioned like this, it becomes a part of your upbringing that you believe that probably because I look like this, I won't get anywhere in life."

She further went to say that on a common person's level, one should not let anything pass. You have to pull people up. However, she still doesn't think that is the solution, because she believes we are a country where we think something is going to change when a Bollywood star or a cricketer comes out and says, 'you don't have to be fair skinned to be successful'.

We don't have any other heroes in our country. The designer was quick enough to quip that, "I am a designer, nobody is going to give a damn about me. I am talking about actors who are veterans and if they come out and speak about it, then things might change."

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    Celebrated fashion designer Masaba Gupta is definitely one of the most renowned fashion designers of today but there's much more to her than just being a designer. The 31-year-old designer from Mumbai loves food. Yes, that's true!

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    Masaba Gupta shared this picture from her travel journey with her mother Neena Gupta. In the picture, Masaba can be seen caught in a candid conversation with her mom. Holding a glass of wine in her hands, Masaba captioned this one: Just before I was given a mild lecture over drinks by mom at 35,000 ft!

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    The 31-year-old designer shared this stunning picture where she can be seen enjoying a beautiful dish full of colours which appears to be a Fish Taco. Masaba shared the picture with a tropical fish emoticon.

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    In photo: Masaba Gupta enjoys the scenic view from her window seat as she holds the cup of coffee with love.

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    On her trip to Rishikesh near the Ganges, Masaba Gupta indulged in delicious Indian food. Through her post, the 31-year-old designer said that the one way through her heart is good food. While sharing the pictures, Masaba revealed that she loved good, nutritious and wholesome food. The designer binged on aloo puri, makke ki roti and saag and karele ki chaat!

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    Masaba, who loves Indian food to the core also said that she went home happy with her stomach full and smacking her lips. In the picture, makke ki roti and saag that Masaba enjoyed in Rishikesh

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    Besides eating food, Masaba Gupta can also whip some delicious food and desserts. In March 2019, Masaba Gupta shared a video where she was seen baking her favourite eggless dessert with Pooja Dhingra, a pastry chef who is also known as India's 'macaroon queen'.

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    In photo: Masaba Gupta relishes a vegan coconut bowl during the launch of her resort wear in Dubai.

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    During the holiday season of December 2018, Masaba Gupta was seen enjoying her vacations and bonding with her family and friends over food. Masaba shared a boomerang video where all the members of her family can be seen waiting to strike a conversation over all things food!

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    Masaba, who has dressed many leading celebrities of the film and fashion industry loves coffee. Every now and then, the ace designer shares pictures from her coffee sessions. Masaba shared this picture while returning home after her official work trip. While sharing the picture, Masaba wrote: What’s the word for that feeling when you come back home? She ended her caption with a black heart and dove of peace emoticon.

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    Taking her love for coffee everywhere, Masaba can be seen enjoying the hot piping coffee wherever she goes. Masaba captions this one: Creating some worry-free and cash-free moments in the Maldives.

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    In photo: Masaba Gupta reveals her inner child as she enjoys London's famous Ben's cookies.

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    Masaba Gupta loves food, be it Indian, Mexican, Italian or Mediterranean. From aloo puri and karele ki chaat to Cheesecake Tart; from healthy bowls to Chestnut Momos, Masaba loves everything that's food and only food.

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    Masaba Gupta likes to explore and taste different cuisines. Every now and then, she visits various cafes, restaurants and fine dining places on a regular basis. Through one of her posts, Masaba said that clean eating can only be a way of life if one feels like they're not missing out on the taste quotient!

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    In photo: Masaba Gupta caught in a candid moment as she bonds with her friend over coffee.

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    Did you know? Potatoes and rice are Masaba Gupta's very old friends. While sharing this picture with her fans, Masaba Gupta revealed that she loves potatoes and rice in her food. And that her love affair with them is as old as she can remember.

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    Masaba Gupta swears by Paella, a rice dish that is one of the best-known dishes in Spanish cuisine. The 31-year-old designer can be seen enjoying seafood paella that is full of prawns and oysters. While showing her love for Spanish cuisine, Masaba wrote: It's all downhill from here!

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    In photo: Ace designer Masaba Gupta treats herself with some coolers in the humid afternoon of Uttarakhand.

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    Masaba Gupta loves bonding with her friends and family over food. From sipping wine at 35,000 ft to bonding with her mom Neena Gupta over food at various cafes, actress Neena Gupta is definitely Masaba's partner-in-crime when it comes to food. Masaba shared this picture from one of her visits to a cafe with her mom Neena Gupta. While sharing this picture with her fans, Masaba captioned it: Coffee and Cream!

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    Very often, Masaba shares a leaf from her childhood diaries by sharing throwback pictures of herself and it is one of the cutest things on her Instagram. Masaba shared this picture on her friend Alia Bhatt's birthday. In the picture, Masaba is caught in a candid moment as she and her friends binge on samosas and ketchup. Masaba captioned this one: Happy Happy Birthday, Aloo! This photo is proof that I'm the awkward, slightly off-center one and you are the happy, happier, happiest child there ever was. Here's a trip down memory lane.

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    Besides delicious meals and clean and healthy food, Masaba Gupta also has a soft corner for desserts. From cheesecake tart to ice creams and much more. The 31-year-old designer shared this picture from one of her cheat days where she was seen relishing hot chocolate with ice cream. While sharing the picture, Masaba wrote: It was leg day. She ended her witty caption with a woman shrugging and white medium star emoticon.

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    In photo: Masaba Gupta can be seen enjoying a delicious pizza to which she captioned: Truffle plus rose!

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    Even if food is the way through her heart, Masaba Gupta definitely knows to show off her love for food with a humorous side. While sharing this picture, Masaba said that on the right is the person who elegantly waits to eat like a cultured person who watches her weight. While on the left is another version of her who reapplies lipstick after successfully finishing two plates of each round, drooling and smirking at people who watch their weight. Masaba Gupta shared this picture post a great Thai meal in Mumbai.

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    Showing once again why food is the way through her heart, Masaba gets witty as she gorges on three different kinds of cake as she still lays in her bed. While sharing this picture of three different cakes, Masaba wrote: Some days you need a cake to get out of bed. Three kinds. Saviour!

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    In photo: Masaba Gupta enjoys fresh coconut water in between shoots at her Kala Ghoda store in Mumbai.

First Published: 20 July, 2020 16:05 IST

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