Irrfan Khan’s Son Babil Shuts Down Trolls Who Ridiculed Him For Using Face Masks And Makeup. Everyone Needs To Hear This
Makeup and beauty have always been considered feminine interests. You could be a woman with no likeness for either or you could be a man with a passion for both, but no. Not acceptable. Who makes these rules? While women are judged for not looking feminine enough if they choose to not wear makeup, men indulging in skincare and applying makeup is shocking and laughable. However, some men are giving this mentality a makeover by unapologetically flaunting their love for makeup, despite getting trolled for it. Recently, Babil Khan, son of late actor Irrfan Khan, opened up about how he gets trolled every time he steps out wearing makeup or even if he uses a face mask. But, that doesn’t stop him.
He posted a video of himself treating skin breakouts with a face mask which invited hate comments and trolls. He posted a short video in response showing another skin woe, a black spot and wrote a caption that was a clapback to all those who had a problem with him, or men in general, using skincare and makeup. He wrote, “Can you believe some people STILL go, ‘Are you a girl?’ when I apply face masks or make-up before going out? I think every person is made up of a cosmic duality and what truly makes you a man is recognising the woman inside you. You are not a man till you realise your feminine dimension, because that exactly is toxic masculinity. I love looking after my skin, I love looking sexy, I love women and I love being a man.” We think this is the perfect response to everyone who questions men on their masculinity simply because they are taking care of themselves.
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There have been a lot of such instances where men wearing makeup or any skincare or beauty product have been brutally trolled. Indian male influencers like Ankush Bahuguna and Yashwant Singh are running beauty blogs and stealing the limelight in the industry but they have had their share of trolling as well. They have been abused, spewed hate on and harassed online for not conforming to the societal stereotypes. But they are making skincare and makeup a gender-neutral thing, which it should be.
Although men like Babil who love makeup are breaking these beauty stereotypes and unapologetically flaunting their impressive makeup skills, there is still a long way to go before men using makeup is no more absurd or unacceptable. We think the beauty industry can help normalise this by launching makeup and skincare campaigns that target men as well. I mean, they do have skin that needs TLC and attention too. That would help us women as well who are seriously sick of their brothers and boyfriends stealing their lip balms, serums and face masks because all they have right now is Vaseline and, oh that’s it.