SAIRA KHAN ON HER BODY STORY: 'I'M STICKING TWO FINGERS UP AT AIRBRUSHING'
'Coming from a Muslim background you had to hide your body and could not expose your skin. I was brought up to believe I should keep myself covered at all times to protect my modesty from the gaze of men and, if I was not careful, my body would bring me shame and disgrace.'
'I battled against my curves when I was younger as I didn’t want boys to notice me for being sexy. I was brought up to never bare my skin in front of men - it took me a long time not to feel guilty for wearing a dress or baring my arms.'
'As a Muslim teenager in 1980s Britain, I longed for the freedom of the light cotton dresses or shorts and T-shirts worn by school friends in summer. But it never happened.'
'Because in my religious community, those clothes would have branded me a harlot and signalled that I was offering sexual favours.'