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The Other Face of Pretty
Or how beauty can extend to different body types as well.
Ashley Graham | instagram.com/theashleygraham

There's this struggle that only teens on the heavier side of the scale understand. We're bound to this sorority of excessive measuring tapes, double-sized tops, and cropped bottoms. We're the kind of girls who opt to just skip window shopping at the mall or feel ashamed to actually want to try an asymmetrical chiffon dress because it wouldn't exactly fit us like the other girls do.

We are that kind of girl who would eat french fries (sometimes a larger order) for our midnight snack, and feel bad about ourselves after. We're on the receiving end of comments like, "You would be prettier if you were a tad bit slimmer" or the occasional "people would like you if you were thin." And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

We are that kind of girl who would eat french fries (sometimes a larger order) for our midnight snack, and feel bad about ourselves after.

Sometimes, although our friends don't actually mean it, we feel hurt because of their weight-related jokes. Deep inside, those jokes hurt our hearts and lower our morale. Petty problems about your clothes are actually a major dilemma for us. Weighing in for Physical Education class means confronting our worst fears about our weight. Prom season and all sorts of school dances prove to be more than just a drama contest between aspiring Prom Queens; it's also about girls who got stood up by guys who prefer the stereotypical beauties.

We've been living under this pressure from society to conform to its one-sided view of pretty, which includes having an angular jaw, high cheekbones, and a willowy figure. We've been on the hunt for the latest slimming techniques or diets on trend, but maybe, just maybe our bodies weren't made to be that way. They weren't made to be slender, like how most girls' bodies were wired.

We've been on the hunt for the latest slimming techniques or diets on trend, but maybe, just maybe our bodies weren't made to be that way. They weren't made to be slender, like how most girls' bodies were wired.

This is the other side of pretty. It's about having chubby cheeks and curves. It's not just about being the iconic Barbie blonde bombshell or the uptown brunette. This kind of pretty stems from actually being proud of our body type—even though we're not supposed to rock a bikini or a crop top, according to society. In that case, who are you to tell us what not to wear and what we should?

This kind of pretty stems from actually being proud of our body type—even though we're not supposed to rock a bikini or a crop top, according to society. In that case, who are you to tell us what not to wear and what we should?

It comes from actually being in tune with our assets far beyond the baby fat we've gained during our puberty years. Maybe it's the kind of pretty that covers a gastronomic childhood in the kitchen, while watching mom bake and dad prepare the main meal. 

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There's this other face of pretty; being curvy or fat. And I think that's beautiful.

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