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7 women who have taught us to laugh at ourselves

Laughter is the best coping mechanism

By ELLE team  August 24th, 2017

Viewing beautiful women through rose-coloured glasses or Juno filters can be deceiving. For starters, they tend to blur out the flaws, paint a prettier picture and capture people at their best. But life isn’t a frame by frame Instagram feed, it’s blood, sweat and tears that get you from one frame to the next. Hours of working out and sacrifice that go into that perfect #summerbod, or some serious hours of painful labour behind that picture of an adorable smiling baby. These women know that and own it—they’ve even learned not to take it too seriously. So the next time you think you’re the only one destined to sleep through your morning workout or shame yourself for questionable behaviour, look to these women to make light and laugh it off: 

Kalki Koechlin

Kalki may be associated with more serious roles and even applauded for the intensity she brings to her characters, but the indie actress doesn't seem to take herself too seriously. The actress may do hard hitting films but every so often she uses humour to shed light on the absurdity of it all. 


Alia Bhatt

After being made fun of by the entire country for not taking a round of rapid fire on Koffee with Karan seriously, Alia Bhatt didn't bother trying to prove she wasn't a bimbo. Instead, she decided to own the ridicule and laugh at herself. Collaborating with All India Bakchod, Alia made a spoof video which showed her training for the next time she would be in the hot seat. The video shut down all the internet trolls tweeting "Alia Bhatt is so dumb..." jokes by being funnier than them all. It was also the first time an actress openly mocked their more shameful moments caught on camera. Re-watch the video here: 

Richa Chadha

Richa has always done roles in movies with a fair amount of depth, but if Fukrey proved anything, it's that the actress has wicked comedic timing. Richa, along with Mallika Dua and Vicky Kaushal did an AIB video that showcased the harassment of women through the ages of Bollywood. A video that proved that she doesn't take herself or the industry too seriously. The classic boy meets girl, girl rejects boy, boy relentlessly chases girl, girl finally caves Bollywood plot was reduced for what it is in the video; stalking with a catchy soundtrack. But why we loved it was because it wasn't a call to arms. It was more of a comedic highlighting of all the sexist things we, as an audience, allow under the pretext of being entertained. Check out the video here:

Twinkle Khanna

Twinkle Khanna isn't called Mrs. Funny Bones for nothing. The author and former actress has jokes for days, some of which she will agree are less than funny. Her Instagram and Twitter feed is mostly just a series of ridiculous things that happen to her dailylike that time a toddler made fun of her name. The best part? Twinkle doesn't just call out the patriarchal society and gravity in her tweetsshe also pokes fun at herself.

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Mallika Dua

You can't talk laughter without talking Mallika Dua. The comedian is taking streaming by storm. Dua, along with AIB, is the brains behind content that is starting a conversation and getting more than a few laughs. Videos like Harassment Through the Ages and A Woman's Besties aren't just hilarious—they also shed light on topics that have, for the most part, remained untouched by mainstream media.


Chrissy Teigen

The american model isn't just a pretty face, she's also the queen of clap-backs. Chrissy Teigen isn't afraid to say it like it is to anyone following her on any social media platforms. Whether it's about making fun of her stretch marks or wardrobe malfunctions, Teigen is always unapologetically herself. The model often has a witty comeback for haters and is armed with quirkiness and self deprecating humour. There isn't a troll alive who could get the better of her. Teigen keeps it real, and honestly, we're not surprised that she was the inspiration behind her singer husband John Legend's All of Me.

Mindy Kaling

The actress/comedienne lives her character on the Mindy Project. A strong boss lady with all the insecurities of us regular folk, Mindy is a constant reminder to laugh at or everyday drama—even if we are the ones creating it. Whether she's pointing out her inability to hit the gym or the inconvenience of strappy sportswear, Mindy really is every girl. Screen Shot 2017 08 24 at 3.50.18 pmScreen Shot 2017 08 24 at 3.54.58 pm