Are Braces Superficial?

Many people think that getting braces is a completely superficial thing to do and tend to belittle the braces themselves by saying they’re “just for cosmetic reasons.” As someone who has had the joy of having had them, I have to say that this is kinda sorta maybe definitely inaccurate. To show you why, I’ll share my perspective and why saying “just for cosmetic purposes” trivializes everything going on when a person chooses to get braces. (more…)

Hey, Beautiful: Feel Good, Look Good!

The problem of having too much to do and too little time to do it is about as universal as breathing. And all that running around can really take a toll on your body and mind. If you’re anything like me, you probably look as frazzled as you feel some days (eye emojis at you, Mondays). In this post, I’d like to share 4 tips that make me feel beautiful inside and out.

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Jeanne Lorioz, fat woman, art

Flesh

The body is an elusive mistress that betrays me in my moments of deference—not just wholly for the loveliness of curving hips and a man’s defining muscles, but for my own horror of admiring, and at times even hesitantly defying, media’s perception of beauty. I am not talking about my reverence for the aforementioned curves and muscles. I am not talking of media’s bias towards the lanky, the fair-faced; a celebrity’s airbrushed features glorified in the latest edition of a magazine—no. Since I was twelve, I burdened a strange endearance for the wide and plush (not curvy) bodies bereft from media, and grew to love those types of bodies unconditionally notwithstanding the lack of confidence in my own. (more…)