Flaws included a widow’s peak, tooth gap, skinny legs, big hips, big eyes, a mole, and a big forehead. Each shoot included model Shaun Ross who is an actor, model and dancer who identifies as an Albino of African descent.
The thing that’s really flawed is the idea that there is one right way to look and everything else is a flaw. This idea is racist, sizeist, and ableist just for a start. It seems to me that this is one of those situations where the majority of people who are participating in the situation are being hurt by it and yet we keep perpetuating it with our time, money, and energy. “Rocking our “flaws” is one option. Another option would be to fervently declare that we don’t have flaws. That our foreheads, eyes, hips and everything else are fine as they are.
What if there is no such thing as flawed bodies? What if there are only variations? Different shapes, different sizes, different abilities, but all perfect as they are. What if, instead of reading another article about clothing that hides those “problem areas”, we realized that our bodies don’t have any problem areas? What would be different if, instead of suggesting that other people (or that we) aren’t beautiful, we realized that the problem is that we’ve been taught to see flaws instead of to see beauty. What if we took it upon ourselves to change that. What if we looked for beauty in every single person we saw. No more flaws, no more problem areas, no more body snarking, no more “can you believe she’s wearing that“. What if every time you looked at someone else, every time you looked in the mirror, you found something beautiful. Imagine how we can change the world. Now consider not just imagining, but doing it!
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