I’m Not Supposed to Wear a Bikini But I Wore One Anyway


I wore a bikini to the beach yesterday. At three months postpartum, my tummy is soft, squishy, and covered with stretch marks (despite an excellent diet and regular exercise, embarked upon because it makes me feel good).

I am a woman who, according to our society, is Not Supposed to Wear a Bikini.

But I wore one anyway, because I love the way it feels and looks. I love the sun on my skin. I think of my stretch marks as radical, powerful decorations. My body has obvious signs of growing and carrying a human in it. Our culture tells us that we are supposed to hate and hide all evidence of pregnancy; that our bodies are somehow “ruined” by having children.

The opposite is true. Our bodies are beautiful just because they are. Not because they are tan and skinny or pale and curvy or tall or short or “perfect.” Not because we have a thigh gap or no thigh gap or strong ab muscles or a soft postpartum pooch.

Despite what we’ve been told, our bodies do not exist merely to be gazed upon.  Our worth is not determined by how closely we resemble an arbitrary archetype of beauty. Our bodies are beautiful just because they are. And– much more important than being beautiful– our bodies are amazing because they work. They function. They grow and birth children. They lactate the most perfect food for our babies. We have arms to carry our kids, lips to kiss their wounds, strong legs to squat and change diapers, core muscles that support us as we wear our children around. Blood, brain, and a heart that keeps it all functioning well.

Take care of it. Honor it. Don’t hate your body because our society has deemed us Not Good Enough. You are good enough. Love yourself!

63 thoughts on “I’m Not Supposed to Wear a Bikini But I Wore One Anyway”

  1. Ugh. Days after I had my baby I posted a picture of myself playing with her on the couch next to me, and my belly was both huge and empty, if that makes sense *L* It was at that squishy, jiggly stage, stretch marked and oddly hollow. Everyone was like “ohh, you’re so brave for posting this!” and made a big deal of it, but I didn’t think it was brave or amazing or anything. It’s just my body, post birth…why should I hide it? I’m with you. The things that our bodies do are far more beautiful than how it could ever look, ideal or not!

  2. Totally! I wore a bikini, (to be fair my baby was a year old) but I had a pooch still. I am back to my prebody weight, but the skin is loose on my stomach still. Not something that crunches wi fix, its empty of fat, just the skin is a little loose. I went with my 3 kids to the water park with my mom and brother. My own mother told me to put a shirt on, or cant I cover up. Lol I laughed at her, I look just fine, show my kids this is what being a mom looks like and I’m okay with that! :-)

  3. While I agree with most of what you are saying I don’t think it’s fair to say that a woman’s body is amazing because it “works”. Some women’s bodies do not “function” in the way that you described and these women may not ever be able to do the things that you’ve described. This does not make them less beautiful or their bodies less amazing.

    1. Hmm I’m not sure what is unfair about it– the exact quote is “Our bodies are amazing because they work. They function.” And then I went on to say we have blood, a brain, and a heart. I think that covers pretty much everyone :) Whether your body works in the more specific ways mentioned or not. No offense was meant, and I actually added those more general ideas of “working/functioning” to avoid people thinking those specific ways listed were somehow the only ways to appreciate a body. You’re alive. Your body is amazing.

  4. Krystal. You’ve said it best and i thank you. Being one of those women who might never have the opportunity to have my body function, if you will. …I still feel all people should feel comfortable in their own skin. I’m a mom now to two girls we adopted. I thought about going 1 piece but I’d rather teach my children to be comfortable and confident in themselves.

  5. I think you might be confusing then unrealistic expectations of magazines with actual hubris. The idea of “bodyshaming” seems envogue to mitigate criticism for actual obese and unhealthy people. Just because you had a child doesn’t make you automatically have to have a 1 piece. I doubt anyone like you will ever see so much as a sneer (Much less a raised eyebrow) from a fellow beach goer. I think people who choose to be unhealthy and compromise their health use people in your situation to gain cover from these “body bullies”. Screw that. You are still hot and you respect your body(hello more hot).
    You are supposed to be ok with a bikini since you are treating your body as it has evolved to be treated. If you were 250lbs and Doritos addicted like some of the girls huffington post seems to love, i wouldn’t be saying this.
    Rock it!

  6. I am glad you feel good about your body. I feel good about mine too and choose to cover it because the only person I want to see it is my husband.

    I’m confident I will get flamed in someway for saying that. But I feel empowered and don’t feel the need to wear skimpy clothes.

    1. Why would you get “flamed”? I think the entire point is to wear whatever you feel most comfortable and happy in regardless of what society tells us. Now, if you were judging others for wearing what you determine to be “skimpy clothing” (a bathing suit) that would be a problem :)

  7. All we do by hiding our natural state is allow society to keep denying the truth! This is reality not an episode of botched. We owe it to our little girls and boys to let them experience natural so that they too will appreciate it and end the mental struggle.

  8. I think this is one of the most beautiful things ever written about a womans body, so true. Thank you!:) You are beautiful. And there’s always one to have a moan and be pedantic isnt there, bloomin’ eck! XXX

    1. It’s “gross” because he needs to use disdain and contempt to try to control women. Overcompensating for something would be my best guess.

      And here’s the thing: we’re all going to die someday. No one makes it out of this alive. So while I and people like me will have spent our lives living and loving freely, feeling good about ourselves and taking care of our bodies in order to be healthy and feel good (rather than exercising or self-starvation in order to fit into a patriarchal beauty mold) people like Jon here might be clinging to superficial arbitrary beauty standards until they’re old and wrinkled. Sad :(

  9. Note that not all bodies are beautiful. There is no beauty in sloth, morbid obesity, gluttony, and the repulsive bodies reflect that.

    1. That, Andy, would be something known as “Your personal opinion.” In terms of bodies and avoiding subjugating them, opinions about bodies should apply only to yourself.

      1. And the fact that you are a proud single mother with stretch marks etc is beautiful is strictly your opinion. I disagree that a body like yours is as attractive as a shapely young woman.

        1. I would like to see your body chuck!!! After children!!! I have had 4 children and while god blessed me with not getting any stretch marks there are many woman that do! And while you are entitled to your opinion you need to open your eyes to the imperfect beauty the real true beauty in this world. And I’m sure there are things about you that are less than perfect. Not all opinions need to be voiced. You could have easily not commented

          1. But if he didn’t comment, he wouldn’t have gained the opportunity to learn from the responses to his comment. It’s unfortunate that his learning opportunities are mostly limited to learning that he shouldn’t express his opinion.

          2. I’m with you lindsey. I couldn’t agree more.
            Chuck might be trying to compensate his loneliness by rudely and negatively commenting on this so-called “feel-good”topics/blogs. :)

        2. You’re starting to catch on, Chuck, but not quite there :) Did you notice how MY personal opinion only applies to MY body? I have my personal preference for what I am most attracted to, too (my husband– not a single parent anymore if you read correctly) but I don’t use that preference to put down others.

          And guess what? You can only go after “shapely young women” for so long before you’re the old creepy guy :/

          1. Actually, you applied your personal opinion to all bodies: “Our bodies are beautiful just because they are.” Just as your opinion is that your husband is more attractive than, say, George Clooney, Chuck’s opinion is that “young, shapely women” are more attractive than you. There’s no put-down in this statement—it’s just his opinion. Well, aside from the potentially value-laden use of the word “shapely”. I suppose we could assume that he means that all women are “shapely”, given that they all have shapes. Except for Scarlett Johannsen in that recent movie. So I guess it’s a put-down towards artificial intelligences. But I digress.

            OTOH, you seem to be assuming that he’s destined to be an old creepy guy, which seems a bit of a putdown. What if he turns out to be like George Clooney and marries a young, shapely woman? And anyway, in the not unlikely case that he’s a young man, it’s natural for him to be attracted to women close to his own age. The age of people (and their bodies) to which we are attracted increases as we age.

        3. Well Chuck – it’s a good thing that she is in no way interested in what YOU consider attractive now isn’t it? As a matter of fact, I’m willing to venture that almost no woman gives a second thought to what YOU consider attractive.

          Keep your crappy opinions to yourself. No one else is interested.

          1. I’m interested, partially because it’s a bit rude to basically go telling people that they have to be attracted to you because “all bodies are beautiful”. A healthy dose of realism doesn’t hurt here, and may help prevent ego shattering when you blunder out onto the beach under the impression that everybody will be subtly approving of your body shape, but not in an overt way that would make you self-conscious. I’m not saying don’t go out there in a bikini. I’m saying go out there in a bikini prepared to kick sand at people who are dicks.

          2. …unlike these two, who just stated their opinions in a way that was about as polite and non-confrontational as possible.

    2. Andy and Chuck, this isn’t the place for your judgment. I’m puzzled as to why you’re here. Go to Maxim or FHM if you want to see bodies that are photoshopped until they’re a lie. This is REAL. This is the body of a WOMAN, displayed in all of her glory and power as a mother.

      Until I read your comment, I was so pleased to find this safe place for women who have gone through the miracle of childbirth to seek empowerment about our bodies, whatever the shape or size. We are not objects for you to stare at; we are human beings and we deserve as much respect as anyone else. Go away if you can’t handle that. You obviously feel badly about yourself, or you would not be here trying to shame women who are seeking a positive environment. Just as I would not stare at you and judge your perceived physical flaws, you should not come here and vomit your yucky rotting low self-esteem all over the comment wall.

      1. They just stated their opinions. They weren’t particularly rude about it. If this mom can bare her baby belly on the beach, people can deal with a couple of dissenting opinions on a freakin web page.

      2. Also, newsflash: there are real women that have nearly fat-free abdominal areas, resemblant to those depicted in typical “lad mags”. This is something that happens naturally and commonly. Commonly enough, in fact, that it’s considered by some to be inappropriate to wear a bikini if you don’t fit this form factor. And, actually, neither of the male commentators said that they were specifically into this. Read their comments again if you don’t believe me. They really just said that they didn’t prefer to see a) bodies (male or female) that are the product of gluttony, sloth, etc.; b) women with bodies like the author of the post.

      3. I don’t think we even see our “real bodies” until after we’ve had a child. Kristen Tea has wonderful insight and recognizes that we are more now than a pretty figure or face — we are the future of our children. While it is nice to be told we look nice, we have experienced a greater purpose now. Now we know that we are capable of carrying and growing a new life and that after birth our breasts fill with our newborn’s most perfect food. I have “great boobs” even after breastfeeding for years, but I like what they did for my child far more than what they could do for a man. Parenting should change us. If more people took more care in raising their kids, we could be rid of this body image BS in a couple generations.

  10. This is an absolutely empowering article and a very good read for mothers who may be discouraged about their post-baby bodies. Keep up the good work! Your article is inspirational, and your body is beautiful. To the foolish people who have made disrespectful comments, you two should understand, and keep in mind, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder ; ) your discouraging comments aren’t doing anything but reflecting how ugly your attitudes are.

  11. This is amazing!! I myself have stretch marks. have work so hard to get back and below my weight an shave accomplished that. But the stretch marks still make me shy. I myself have just bought a bikini and i still am 50/50 if i am even going to wear it on vacation. My thoughts of how people see me are wrong and i know they are. But i just get get away from it! I have to learn to be proud!!

  12. Trying to shame someone for a natural part of life is pretty sad. Would you tell your mother her body is revolting after having carried you, delivered you to this world and used her body to nurture your life? If you don’t like it, then don’t look. I probably wouldn’t have commented on the fact your a creepy old guy ( unless you became obnoxiously creepy), I would let you be creepy and happy. I personally find people who have confidence in themselves to be attractive. They dont have to be perfect, in fact perfect is weird to me. If a person is big, or has flaws but they posses the confidence to not allow others to tell them how they should look then I admire that as much as the person that works diligently to be healthy and in shape. Both take a mental toughness that is lacking in society. At least our society. So hats off to women who have children and bear their marks with pride, they have more guts than I do!

    1. I think you guys agree with each other. Sloth, gluttony, and the other vices he mentioned are not typical personality traits for someone who takes pride in their atypical body.

  13. I my opinion if a woman wants to wear a bikni post pregnancy with or without stretch marks then all the power to them. I believe that stretch marks are a beautiful reminder of just how strong a womans body really is and if men are disgusted by that then they can go pi** up a rope.

  14. Thank you for writing this!! I came to this same realization before we went to the beach a few weeks ago. I hadn’t worn a bikini since I was 18, and honestly, despite me working out more than four times per week and teaching Jazzercise, I have always had a belly and at 34 and three years later after my first baby, it is harder to keep that belly fat down. So, I have never had what some might think of as a “bikini body.” I had planned on wearing my cover up the entire time after I bought the cutest bikini until my husband saw me in it before I put my cover up on and said “SEXY!!!” Once we got to the beach, the cover up came off because I did not care what anyone else thought. My husband loved it and so did I!!! And we had the best vacation ever!!

  15. Well, speaking of personal opinions, my personal opinion is that you look lovely. And it wouldn’t matter if I didn’t, right? You’re doing what makes you happy, and that’s what’s important.

  16. Some men want or encourage their girlfriends/wives to have body-altering surgery like boob jobs and liposuction – which actually have mortality risks. You have to wonder about their values.
    A big research study showed breast implant patients were two to three times more likely to die from brain cancer, and nearly twice as likely to die from suicide, pneumonia, and emphysema, compared to the general population. The researchers also found, after 15 or more years of follow-up, an increased risk of respiratory tract cancer among implant patients.
    I have a body-altering disease and I’m not “proud” of my looks but not ashamed, either. I feel by accepting myself (what else can I do?) I may help someone else with a similar affliction. Using the word “affliction” does put a negative connotation on it and yes, I would rather have a perfect healthy body. But mine serves me well and it’s the only one I’ve got. I also found that having a disease in a weird way enriches my life. Sometimes people who have everything “perfect” see a bit shallow!
    I’m sorry you had to delete comments.

  17. You look like a healthy woman (not overweight at all) who had a baby 3 months ago….and that is beautiful! As a counselor who works with women and children, I can tell you that almost every female age 9 and up I have worked with has reported body image issues. Where does that come from? Why is it so pervasive? A beautiful new mom such as yourself shouldn’t have a second thought about wearing a two-piece. There is so much shame in our culture. So much pride and vanity. People should look up from your post-partum tummy to see a smiling mama and happy baby. That is where the real beauty is.

  18. I have had two beautiful children. They are one and two. I feel blessed to have been able to have my two girls, but I am one of those women who got bad stretch marks with both of my pregnancies. My doctor said it was due to me being so tiny in the first place. I personally feel that no one should wear a bikini. It’s not because your a mom or your a bigger person. I feel that a bikini is not modest at all. It portrays you as a piece of meat to men. I have a ton of guy friends and they have all said the same thing guys will look at you like a piece of meat if you wear a bikini and it does give people like chuck and andy to comment on the way you look. It’s not kind, but by wearing a bikini you are setting yourself up for that kind of criticism. I agree a mom should be able to feel beautiful, but we are also put to higher standards, especially someone like me who has two girls. I am a role model to them and I personally would not want them wearing something so vulgar. I am not bashing on this mom. I guess a good way to look at it is just because you have the body doesn’t mean you should show everyone. It makes it less special. I feel showing a lot of skin off or say a lot of cleavage should be meant for your husband’s eyes only and no one else’s. Just so everyone knows I am twenty two years old. I am a young female with these opinions. I don’t think what this mom wore makes her a horrible mom, but I do feel moms in general need to be careful with what they wear because we influence our children so much and what you wear is what your children are going to want to wear.

    1. It’s ok to have that opinion! But remove the implied sexuality and you’re simply left with a beautiful, human, body. The same argument is made with breastfeeding in public. People who tell mothers to have some modesty and cover or leave are implying that breasts, even while nourishing babies, are sexual. But they are only sexual in certain situations. The same goes for all parts of our bodies. Taking your family to the beach and wearing a bikini is not a sexual act. This mama simply said she loves the sun on her skin! Good for her! I really loved this article.

    2. I would like to disagree with you on this. This blog(?) is about being and loving yourself for who you are and not doing things just because society deems it taboo. Your view on modesty is your own, in other countries some or all nudity is considered normal. It is unfair to say that wearing a bikini or showing any cleavage is just to be seen as a piece of meat to “all guys”, because not “all guys” are like that. Nor do all women wear bikinis to be noticed or looked at in this way. I give props to this mom because she loves and adores her body for how it is and what it created and is not deterred to wear something because people will look at her funny. My child is now 5 and it took me until this year to wear a bikini without crying. Maybe if society raised boys/men to view women as women and not eye candy, it would not matter what a woman wears, whatever her style of choice may be. As a role model, I support the choice of a person to decide what they like, be able to express themselves, and not be judged by others as being not-modest.

    3. Men need to control themselves and be held responsible for their own arousal, not throw it on a way a woman is dressed. Young boys need to be taught, by their parents, how to control sexual arousal. Women should NOT have to act, dress, talk, walk, look a certain way so men do not get aroused! A weak and pathetic man will demand a woman change her appearance since he cannot control himself, since he is aroused by the way she chose to enjoy the beach. Seriously am sick that women are asked to hide so men can go about their day without losing control of themselves. Sick. Absolutely sickened.

    4. Everyone is certainly entitled to their own opinion, but I would like to challenge you on some of the things you have said. I think bikini’s are totally fine to wear, and I think that we, as women, need to be careful not to judge one another or slut shame one another, or also fall into the trap of perpetuating rape culture. If a man looks at me wearing a bikini and sees me as a piece of meat, then that is his issue, not mine. My clothes should not define how a man treats me. A man should be able to see a woman for her worth, and not just how she is dressed. We could also argue that men should wear t-shirts at the beach because otherwise they are a piece of meat for women. That argument seems always to be lost. It is a two-way street. So again, you are entitled to your opinion, don’t wear a bikini, wear a bikini, but please just watch the language you are using because it can be assumed that you are perpetuating rape culture and it also appears to be very judgmental.

    5. Wow. Wearing a bikini is vulgar!? Your kidding me right? Just as the girl said. She wears it to feel the sun on her skin. It isn’t to provoke men! Men are men and that’s just how it is, bikini or not. Your are entitled to your old school opinions just as she is entitled to wear her vulgar bikini.

    6. I like this article very much. I like the self accepting nature and think we need more of that in our society. I do agree with Anna, though, that I wish none of us wore bikinis! I personally feel naked enough in a one piece, but that’s just me. I think we can love our bodies without showing everything to each other. I’m glad the author can feel good about her postpartum body. I’m also glad Anna can express her moral opinion on modesty.

  19. I find this really weird because where I come from (Finland) if there is a mother with bikini going around with stretch marks and what not, nobody cares. It’s her body and who are other people the tell what she should wear and what not. In here we really don’t like these news about pregnant women kicked out of gyms, swimming halls etc. It is plain discrimination what would not go through in here. be proud of your body! If someone would come to my girlfriend and say “you can’t wear that” I would tell him/her to get the fuck out of my sight asap or he/she will enter a world of pain.
    -Kimmo, Guard, Army Officer and Boyfriend.

  20. Thank you for being brave! I have had 3 c- sections and am very self conscious. Its been almost 3 years since my last bundle of joy. My body is saggy and I have 2 tummies, a bottom and a top. I wish I could feel good but I have a hard time. I appreciate you standing up and saying those very true words.

  21. Good for you! I did it too, still do. I am not proud, I don’t feel pretty, but I choose to not worry about how attractive I am/not in swimwear. I have large boobs and a long waist; the one piece that can fit me doesn’t exist, and I’m sure not going to microhunt it now with two smallies. Two piece. And in my beach town, all my girlfriends with babes wear them too. I’m unfazed by the modesty issue the first commenter had; I’m a mom dealing with a toddler on the beach, nobody is hitting on me, you know?! I feel safe and at peace in a bikini…may you all feel the same!

  22. Great piece, so true, but not always easy to live by. I have days when I feel confident enough to be happy and comfortable in my skin, wearing whatever I want, but also days when the feeling of being inadequate and repulsive overwhelms my common sense, not only because of the stretch marks, but because of everything and anything. I will continue to look for the strength to be my myself and feel free, regardless. And to respond to the first comment about modesty, which blew my mind: who the f*ck cares what men think about our bodies, negativelly, sexually or otherwise. They (nor anyone) do not own public spaces, or public opinion, and the sure enought don’t own my self esteem. You should stand up for the daughters rights to be themselves despite what anyone, men of women, think of them, instead of teaching them to bend to another persons inability to value the things that are valuable.

  23. Other societies may see exposed ankles and shoulders as vulgar. Our society once saw pants on a woman as vulgar. And whatever the arbitrary standard, there were men who saw and treated some or all women as objects. Pretending you have any control over it – I’ll avoid these problems by denying myself entire categories of garments! – is not only completely ineffective, but a sad thing to do to yourself, and a perfect way to deny and perpetuate the actual problem. You were right about one thing, though – you do need to set high standards for yourself as the role model for two daughters. You might want to consider not being a model of “if someone objectifies me, it’s my fault.”

  24. I loved this article. I raped when I was 16. I was wearing shorts . He kept saying it was because I was so hot. Then after high school I got pregnant and married to a very abusive man . Every thing seemed to be based on my looks. He cheated after she was born because I was a “stretch marked bitch, if you wouldn’t have gotten so ugly after having her I wouldn’t have to cheat”. This being said to me after he ripped off my shirt and held me infront of a mirror 2 months after the birth of our child. That was when I was 20 .I was with him from age 17-24 I’ve since divorced .9 years later after hiding and lots of tears, a bladder sling , and having surgery on my tummy and breasts (which I wish I could take back) comfortable with someone. I’m now almost 35 years old . Up until this year I’ve worn shorts twice. I can’t stand the thought of being looked at that way for being comfortable. I have only worn a tankini with a skirt and pants over them until I get in the water . I just recently got engaged for the first time I feel freed I have worn shorts and skirts and a full piece swim suit. I admire you for not caring what other people think. …. As for being more of a role model because your a mother…Yea don’t wear a g-string. But show them that looks aren’t everything. Unlike I was taught. I never even owned a tshirt until I was pregnant. I always had to be dressed up like a doll. Hair make-up clothes I love stylish clothes and suits. Hopefully I keep getting stronger and more comfortable in my own skin . . This article helped

  25. I loved this article. I went to the pool this week ( I live in France) in a tummy control one piece black bathing suit to cover up my ‘destroyed’ body. I put my towel down next to a mommy of a 7 week old baby who was rockin’ a bikini with her sagging pooch belly, stretchmarks, stretchmarked boobs, exploded vein thighs covered in cellulite. I looked around me and all the mamas were rockin’ bikinis, tankinis, and what have you regardless of how many rolls of fat were spilling over the top. Noone cared!! I was ASHAMED of myself for covering up my mamahood so as not to ‘offend’. I think the Finnish commenter hit it on the spot. We should wear what we want and tell those who criticise to F-off. But then I read the comment by the girl who was raped because she wore what she wanted and it reminded me what a violent , warped culture the US has re women, sex, boobs, etc.
    It’s a tough call. Yes! to being proud of your postpatrum body, but prudence because of violent men? It’s a tough call.

  26. right on mama! You look beautiful, not because of what a beautiful body you have but because of the self confidence that is exploding from you! I am very inspired to love my post children body and say screw society and the narrow views that come with it.

  27. I’ve seen this article on the top of the page for days. Everytime I come to check my due date club I see see it. The title REALLY bothers me. Who says you’re not supposed to wear a bikini? I don’t wear them, but not because of my weight or stretch marks. My 24 yodd doesn’t wear them either, and she’s thin and fit. We don’t wear them because of modesty, but if you don’t feel the same as us why would you allow anyone else to decide what you can and should wear? I say if someone tells you that you shouldn’t wear a bikini, tell them to stuff it! You should wear what you want! I don’t think there’s a bit of difference between a ‘fat’ woman in a bikini and a ‘thin’ woman in a bikini. If you do, I’d say you have a problem.

  28. Something I think being missed here is that everyone is saying how beautiful she looks because she still is close enough to the ideal. I think the truly liberating goal is to not have to feel “beautiful” to wear a comfortable piece of clothing. Bikinis are more comfortable than one pieces, so wear it. Lots of women aren’t “beautiful”, they are just human and humans should be allowed to walk freely, making free choices. Anyone who criticizes the choice of how another human presents their body has lost the plot of what freedom is about. Whenever a man or woman criticizes a woman or man for what he/she looks like I think what they are trying to do is limit freedom. That’s the point. Beauty is subjective and while pleasant, also is meaningless. You don’t have to be beautiful to wear a bikini, you just have to be FREE! And don’t let anyone, especially a stranger, try to convince you to don’t have the freedom and right to be simply as you are. Why should I be beautiful for every stranger that lays eyes on me??? I don’t have to. It’s not my role as a human and I reject it. I don’t need to convince myself that I’m beautiful to feel I have worth and freedom and neither should anyone else. Reject that oppressive crap! Let those people who judge worth based on physical attractiveness lead their inhibited, cramped lives. Whenever words sting about your appearance, remind yourself you are free and beauty is not the goal, freedom is. Everyone deserves freedom, not just beautiful people.

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