When No Body Positivity Messages Can Help You Get Over Your “Ugliness”

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When No Body Positivity Messages Can Help You Get Over Your “Ugliness”

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ast night while I was knee-deep in finishing an assignment, my exhausted laptop gave up on me and rebelled by instantly shutting down. Faced suddenly with a shiny, reflective black screen, I found someone staring back at me. A dark-skinned, pimple-encrusted, and let’s just say it… ugly face.  

“Ugly” is not a politically correct word in today’s times when absolutely no one swears by the adage “Beauty is skin deep.” Everywhere I look, I’m being sold this idea of inner beauty. I am told I don’t need to meet unrealistic beauty standards to love myself. That the definition of “beautiful” isn’t as rigid as it used to be. That I am perfect, the way I am.

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