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I don't think I could live with myself, knowing I let the pressure to fit in with a bunch of judgmental jerks get the best of me.
And we couldn't agree more.
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"Truth is, nobody really cares as much as we think they do."
She wants people to understand curvy women are REAL women.
People want you to feel different. They want you to feel like an outsider. They want you to feel sad.
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Embrace yourself just as you are.
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Canadian model Stacey McKenzie has dealt with her fair share of rejection.
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You may look fierce, but so does the competition.
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"You are beautiful in your own way."
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When it comes to black people, our hair, just like our skin tones, aren't a one type fits all kind of deal. And for far too long, in both our homes and in our communities, we've allowed hair discrimination to affect ourselves, and our future generations in more harmful ways than we think.
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Those gravity-defying boobs aren't so mysterious anymore.
The fact that Ms. Jones loves herself -- the fact of her obvious confidence and the ease with which she speaks her mind -- well, that's an awful affront to the misogynists who expect a "woman like her," i.e. "not pretty enough" or light-skinned enough (in their tiny minds) to stay in the background with her mouth firmly shut.
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For the six months that I wore my hair curly, I felt confident. I felt like I had been a one-girl revolution who walked with purpose, making a statement with every step. But when I wore my hair straight, I felt safe. What's the difference?
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Proving perceptions of beauty around the world do, indeed, vary.
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They are the women who wear around sizes 10 through 16 who feel pressured to fit into either end of the spectrum, but are trying to find their own place in the industry.
These women are redefining each of their country's beauty standards.
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It's time for a realistic view into "100 years" of beauty.
I have a beautiful network of girlfriends, each unique in her shape, size and sex appeal. Some of them are naturally thin. Some of them are incredibly fit. Some of them even struggle to put weight on. Does that mean they deserve a little public jeering because they don't struggle to maintain a certain dress size?
"I'm calling you out Topshop, on your lack of concern for a generation of extremely body conscious youth."
Such an inspiring and beautiful young woman!
"It's time you people get your sh*t right when it comes to our complexion!"
Madeline Stuart won't let Down syndrome define her.
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