From the moment Rakhi Gill came up on my For You Page on TikTok, she captivated me. From her signature pink makeup to her changed-up hairstyles, she’s a rising TikTok star for sure. This past week Rakhi hit a whopping 100K followers on TikTok which is a difficult task to accomplish and was very well deserved. The thing about Rakhi that differentiates her from other Desi TikToker’s is that she shows her true and authentic self and not only connects herself to the “Western” culture we’ve all been exposed to but she connects her Western routes to her Punjabi roots as well. By finding a balance, Rakhi has been on a roll when it comes to relating to other members who are part of BrownTok. From TikTok to starting an OnlyFans, Rakhi is changing the game for Brown girls and spreading body positivity by learning to be comfortable in her own skin and being an advocate for women to do whatever they want to do, no matter their size or body type. If you want to see some of Rakhi’s TikTok’s follow her @iamrakhigill!
Interview with Rakhi Gill
1.) What inspires you daily?
What inspires me daily is my mother. She is a hard-working woman who overcomes every hurdle thrown her way with grace and easiness. My Onlyfans inspired me to be more confident in my body and let women know our body has curves and lumps and humps in all different ways and shapes. Everyday seeing my DM’s filled with the most loving positive messages from so many beautiful ladies is honestly the gas that keeps my car going even when things get tough.
2.) What are some of your goals and aspirations?
I want desi men and women to know you can do whatever you set your mind to, be fearless in your pursuit of happiness, and don’t let this “what will people say?” stop you from living your life unapologetically. Also, Women are the most powerful and beautiful beings on this Earth and beauty comes in all different shapes and sizes. Some of my goals are to be featured in a movie, release my own music and model. It’s in the works so I have a lot of new amazing opportunities I’m going for. But the biggest goal of them all is to be happy and healthy!
3.) Tell me a little bit about yourself like a little blurb about your story and journey so far?
My parents immigrated from Punjab,I was born and raised in Abbotsford, BC Canada. I grew up in a pretty strict Sikh Punjabi family. From a very young age, I was determined to my make own life and create my own unique path. I have so many different opportunities my parents never had. I discovered TikTok during the beginning of covid and now off of social media, I am able to make a living and provide for my family and show another woman they can be confident in their own bodies.
4.) How was growing up in an Indian household for you?
Growing up in a strict desi household as a woman is difficult because from a very young age we are taught, the honor of the family lies within us, the woman’s physical body. We are always told to cover up, not show our skin too much, or don’t wear something too tight. I am the total opposite of this lol. The woman in the family always tends to justify the patriarchy wrongdoings. As a desi woman, I was taught to not discover our divine feminity and that our body is to be owned by a husband, so it’s not really even ours, to begin with. the sole purpose for a woman to have sex is to reproduce children for her husband. Born and raised in Canada and being a free thinker it was hard for me to accept that as a woman my only purpose was to be the perfect housewife for a husband and on top of that be an educated housewife. I struggled with this thinking that my validation comes from a man because that was what I was taught growing up. What If I do something wrong I will not be marriage material for whoever this guy is. I’ve realized I can be whoever I want to be because my worth does not lie in my body or my clothing but in me, who I am as a person and I am the one who decides who is worthy of me. A mature secure confident man who is on my level will accept me and love me for who I am. Constantly being criticized for my curves took a toll on me when I was younger, I was labeled as “cow” or “too fat” which led me to a very unhealthy place with myself. it took me a long time to unlearn these weird things society teaches us. As my social media platforms grew so did the amount of love and support I received from many women telling me how much they can relate to my body shaming stories, some of us I swear have lived the same childhood!
5.) What’s your escape from the world when things get rough?
there is this nature trail near my home and whenever I feel overwhelmed or sad or just down in general. I go for a walk and I feel like a new person after. It’s amazing how much nature can help us heal. If I am feeling too lazy for a walk or if it’s rainy then meditation and praying is my second go-to. But somedays you just really need a fat joint and good music to feel better and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
6.) Any advice for your younger self?
If I could go back and give myself advice it would be that ” you are powerful and you create your own reality and never let anyone make you think otherwise!”
I truly do live by these words now.
7.) What’s next for Rakhi Gill?
I’ll definitely be hitting the Punjabi music scene soon! so stay tuned! there’s a lot to come but I can’t say too much about it right now 😛
8.) Favorite Bollywood movies and songs?
I have watched Devdas probably over 100 times already it is my absolute favorite movie ever.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Hum Saath Saath Hai
Any Atif Aslam song I’m already in love!
9.) How has life during Covid been for you?
When it first began I was very scared and wishing it to end! The lockdown helped me find myself and spend a lot of time on my own and it truly launched my career forever. It was almost like a blessing in disguise for me despite all the chaos that was happening in the world. I formed many great skills such as organization and being disciplined over this time which will help me forever.
10.) What have been some of your favorite moments this past year and how have you overcome your lows.
My favorite moment was hitting 100k on TikTok! when I reached the top 0.19% of creators on Onlyfans it is a huge milestone for me. I also got to collab with an amazing podcast and I featured on a few major online clothing stores. So it’s been an exciting year already and we’re just 3 months in! I never felt my dreams can come true so fast it’s just a confirmation from the universe I’m headed in the right direction.
My lows came when I was getting bullied online for pursuing my dreams and so many hate comments from miserable people, it hurt at first but I know my light shines bright so people want to dim it down but it only motivated me to work even harder and push through any obstacle I may face. Haters are just fans who love you but are in denial. It’s a projection of their own insecurities don’t let what others say affect you because they can’t have opinions on something they ain’t paying for. PERIOD.
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