When I look in the mirror, I do not see the girl other people see. Of course, I do see the big bush of blonde curls, of which I’m actually proud, and my blue, almond-shaped eyes that I think are pretty. But these days I catch sight of something new. Something that I quite like.
Women have tried everything. Cutting out carbs, cutting out fat — heck, even cutting out calories entirely. Yet to their despair, nothing works. Nothing, except posting pictures of yourself on a public Facebook page — yes, in your underwear, and yes, including fat, wobbly tummies and whatnot. This is the new diet. This is why I think you shouldn’t try it.
“Please be honest,” the girl in the video says, and then she emphasises that she wants to know if she’s pretty or ugly. You can use cuss words if you like — believe it or not, people do so in the comments all the time. I keep wondering: doesn’t she realise? Doesn’t she realise that deep down, there is only one “right” answer for her and all those other girls that put up videos posing that one question: “Am I pretty or ugly?” I’m going to be honest with them.
Guest contribution by Aisha Mansaray – I grew up as a brown-skinned kiddo with a huge bush of brown, curly hair and freckles on my nose. If you mix Dutch and African, you get a fairly tall girl, with naturally firm hips, legs, and arms. This is not something to be ashamed about at all, but still I was by the time I hit puberty.
Guest contribution by Lianne — I don’t have the best body in the world, nor the most logically proportioned one. And yes, sometimes I think “ugh” and “can u not.” But I love it anyway.