Shilpa Shetty is a woman of substance in the true sense of the term. The sassy ‘UP-Bihar’ girl never had an easy life. But, she managed to rise above all this and created a perfect fairy-tale for herself. She is a woman of many talents. From being a talented actress to being a hands-down mommy, to being a working woman, she does everything with perfection. In between managing work and home, she never neglects her and her family's health. She keeps sharing inspiring workout videos and healthy recipes on her Instagram handle for all the women who consider health and fitness a priority.
Shilpa Shetty, at the age of 44 is a source of inspiration for many women and there are a few life lessons, which women can learn from her. And, we bring you here a list of some of her most impressive qualities.
#1. Don't give up on love
Shilpa’s heart was broken by the Khiladi of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar, but she never gave up on love. The rumour mills were abuzz about her ‘relationship’ with director Anubhav Sinha, but she firmly denied them. After winning Big Brother, Shilpa went to launch her signature perfume S2, and met Raj Kundra occasionally for the launch preparations. On their first media appearance, Shilpa called Raj, her ‘business friend’, but their frequent meetings soon took a personal turn.
Shilpa soon announced her engagement to the world and proudly showed off the 20-carat diamond ring, which had been gifted to her by Raj. A firm believer in karma and past life, Shilpa went on to say in an interview that Raj was a part of her past life, and now they are back together.
Lesson Learnt: So girls, no matter how many boys break your heart; don’t ever settle for anyone except for your Mr. Right.
#2. Never embarrass your ex publicly
Shilpa never played up her differences with her ex in public and maintained her dignity. Shilpa was heartbroken after her break up, but maintained in her interviews that she is good friends with Akshay. Akshay and Shilpa have come face to face on several occasions, like on the celebrity dance show Nach Baliye and Bigg Boss, but Shilpa has always been pleasant to her ex-flame.
Lesson Learnt: Your ex may be the devil incarnate, but you should never wash your dirty linen in public.
#3. Maintain dignity under pressure
Life was not easy for this gorgeous actress, but things took a turn for worse when she entered the reality show, Big Brother 5, in 2007. Racial slurs by her fellow contestants Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd, Jack Tweed and Jo O'Meara rattled her, but she did not give up. She stayed in the house and soon emerged as Britain’s favourite with 63 percent votes.
Not the one to hold grudges, Shilpa soon forgave Jade Goody and other contestants. She told the host of the show Davina McCall:
“People make mistakes and we're all human beings, we're all fallible."
Lesson Learnt: In a high-pressure situation, never let your attackers get to you. Keep yourself in positive spirits, maintain your dignity and always let bygones be bygones.
#4. Make time for family
You may be swiftly climbing the success ladder, but do not forget your family in all that excitement. Shilpa decided to take a break from her acting career for a year after her son, Viaan, was born. She signed up for a couple of endorsements but ensured that her schedule would not take up too much of her time. Even today, she gives ample time to her son and husband. The Kundra family often goes for vacations and Shilpa is spotted with son Viaan many times. She also makes sure that she cooks healthy and tasty dishes for her son and husband.
In one of her interviews, when she was asked what things she would grab in case there is a fire in her home, the gorgeous actress replied:
“I would just make sure that my family escapes. Material things don't matter.”
Lesson Learnt: Family comes first, always! Fame and money will come and go, but the family will be there with you forever!
#5. Learn to love your body
In an industry where actresses are always under the media scanner for their weight-issues, Shilpa was in no hurry to lose post-pregnancy flab. She took her own sweet time to lose weight in a healthy manner through yoga and healthy diet. Even today, at the age of 43, she is fit and doesn’t like to pressurise her body. She loves indulging in sweets sometimes but makes sure that she cooks and eats only healthy food. She even turned chef for her son’s 5th birthday.
Inspiring mothers to love their body at every stage, Shilpa once said:
“As we are in the glamour business, we are always scrutinised for our appearances and are bound to have insecurities. But for a mother, these first four months are very crucial for the child's health. You should not compromise with it.”
Lesson Learnt: Ladies, enjoy each and every phase of your life. Motherhood is a blessing, so do not let any nasty comments about your weight or appearance affect you.
There is definitely a lot that today's modern working women can learn from Shilpa Shetty Kundra, who is not only a perfect wife and mother, but also a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur!