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The Calamities of Beauty This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.

By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

“Look at your cousin. She’s so skinny and so pretty. Look at her; she’s so beautiful now but not before when she was fat. You should ask her for her dieting tips.” My mother callously says to me after we had just finished a conversation with my older cousin. I roll my eyes at her and pretend that I didn’t hear her. Although my mother thinks that she is actually helping me to a fit and healthy life, she does not realize that she is mentally bullying me with her sharp words and even sharper tongue. She does not realize that although I ignore her, those words still echo through my head as I consciously pick a salad over pizza, as I run around to get a ball during gym, as I walk around in shorts in public.

However, I am not the only one affected by this, this dissatisfaction with my body, this grain of doubt about whether I’m skinny enough, whether I’m pretty enough.

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39 comment(s)
This is such a good piece of work! I think it is so important that girls all over the world realise that you don't have to be skinny to be beautiful!
Dec. 01, 2016 at 10:08 PM • Report
Thank you for this! I needed this today, as I struggle with body image. I skip meals and choose less. Thank you for reminding me that my boyfriend is right, I am not ugly and I don't need to be rail thin to be beautiful.
Sep. 09, 2016 at 12:33 PM • Report
It was so powerful It actually reminds me of... Me I know that true beauty comes from the inside but I alsowant to look beautiful on the outside do you have any suggsetions I could get to help me accomplish that without doiing things like what was said in the article i could really use some.
Sep. 06, 2016 at 10:56 AM • Report
So powerful and yet so true in the world of feminism. People must come to their senses that "skinny" is not perfect and the beauty inside is what really matters. Nice work!
Aug. 24, 2016 at 5:05 AM • Report
This is such a powerful peice. You bring light on this important problem. Keep writing!
Jun. 09, 2016 at 8:16 PM • Report
Brought some much needed light to these problems. Excellent job.
May. 23, 2016 at 12:59 PM • Report
This piece is beautiful, haunting, and remarkably educational. Eating disorders are not something to be taken lightly and seeing a change in the way people view the role of beauty in our culture is reassuring. Thank you so much for your work. Very well done.
May. 08, 2016 at 8:58 PM • Report
Same here I can understand
Apr. 29, 2016 at 1:10 PM • Report
Same here I can understand
Apr. 29, 2016 at 1:10 PM • Report
Wow, this is so powerful, I loved it! Keep up the excellent work!
Feb. 09, 2016 at 9:18 PM • Report