Bangladeshi Bride Goes For No-Makeup, No-Jewellery Look On Her Big Day, Goes Viral

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| August 13 , 2017 , 14:58 IST

As a part of women empowerment, women across the world may protest that heavy jewellery and makeup are not necessary for brides on their weddings, after all, the groom uses neither, but not many would be brave enough to actually try a no-makeup, no-jewellery look on the biggest day of their lives. Except for this Bangladeshi bride.

Tasnim Jara, president of healthcare start-up Aroggo and former president of UN Youth Advisory panel, went against all familial and society pressure and ditched the typical heavy makeup and jewellery for her wedding and was dressed in her grandmother's cotton saree, without any makeup or jewellery.

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The brave bride shared her experience in a Facebook post, which has since then gone viral with more than 28,000 shares and 108 reactions.

In the post, Tasnim reveals, “It is a problem when she loses her agency in deciding what she would like to wear on her wedding day. When the society forces her to doll up and look like a different person, it gives a message that the authentic look of a girl isn’t good enough for her own wedding. A girl should not need a whitening lotion, a gold necklace or an expensive saree to be accepted as a bride or to make her feel confident. So I arrived at my wedding venue wearing my dadu’s saree, with zero makeup and no jewellery. People may call it simple, but it was very special to me, for what I believe in and what it means to me.”

“Don’t be fooled, this lavish image of a bride does not represent the financial well-being or agency of a woman in the family. This sometimes rather happens against their will. As if the society has decided that if we really have to spend money on women, we spend it against their will and for a cause that won’t do them any good,” she added.

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Tasnim's groom might have been onboard with her decision, but some members of her family were not.

“Certain members of my family even said that they won’t take any photo with me because I didn’t dress like (they imagine) a bride. I was troubled by the singular image of a bride that our society has – with tons of makeup, a weighty dress and mounds of jewellery weighing her down,” Tasnim wrote in her post.

Tasnim followed her instincts and was glowing with confidence on her wedding day, sporting a smile with her saree.

Read Tasnim's entire post below: