Following immense criticism and backlash on social media over her fat shaming comments on former model Aaminah Haq, Aamna Ilyas has given her “final proclamation” on the matter.
In a video, shared to Instagram, the model-turned-actor said: “The claim that I called someone fat two years ago is not true. TV, media, bloggers – kindly ignore them all. I will tell you the truth.”
Ilyas began her explanation by narrating all the instances from her childhood in which she ridiculed people over their looks to point out that body-shaming wasn’t the only thing she was guilty of – since she was going to be judged for her past anyway.
“I was 6-years-old when we had a disabled cook Nauman – I used to make fun of his limping, calling him loora Nomi loora Nomi,” said Ilyas. “When my cousin had a child, I wouldn’t embrace her in my arms, making faces at how pheeni she was. I was 12 then.”
“At 15, my school teacher had a speech impairment. I would imitate his stutter and stammering. I ridiculed my best friend for being tidda (too short) and made fun of the guests at my home for being too dark.”
“I have never called a single person fat in my life – I prefer to use words like elephant, bull or hippopotamus instead,” the model continued, before making her point for sharing all this.
“No one enters this world knowing all the ethics, so please don’t tell me you all never said these things. But you still wouldn’t give another person a second chance,” she remarked angrily. Imitating some of the criticism she received in the past couple of days, Ilyas went on to say “She said something wrong in the 90s so how can she preach something right today? How dare her!”
Concluding her video, Aamna said: “Aaminah Haq, I cannot change what I did. I cannot undo the pain I might have caused you – but I try to be a better me every day. And for all you guys, for the last time, I am not her.”
Meanwhile, Ayeza Khan also posted a ‘friendly’ advise for Aamna under her post. In a comment, Ayeza had written: “Dear Aamna! You have worked so hard to build this career for yourself and there’s so much more waiting for you in the future. Don’t indulge in this mess.”
In response to Ayeza, Aamna commented: “Love you too! This is such brilliant advice and I’ll need many more from you in the future. So, why have you unfollowed me?”
Aamna had earlier mocked Ayeza’s latest fairness cream advertisement in a re-enactment video. The video, however, did not sit well with her fans and followers, who advised her to apologise to Ayeza for it.