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I will be the first to say that I am not materialistic. My friends label me as a goody-goody; my parents say I am conservative and modest when it comes to clothes. I don’t wear bikinis, and none of my skirts or shorts end above my knees. That is my choice.

So why, why did I feel so tempted? My family and I were in Target, and there it was, waiting. A skirt, specifically designed not to cover anything. It was tan and looked like something one of those anime schoolgirls would wear.

I checked my purse. The skirt cost $10. I had the money. I could buy it. I imagined walking into school and my pals’ jaws dropping. Guys would ask me out, and I would be happy. I could buy it – no, I should buy it.

I showed my mother. She was surprised but said it was my decision. My sister looked on enviously.

I went into the dressing room to try it on. So sure was I that this skirt would change me, somehow make me not what I am but what I wished to be. I slid my jeans off and put it on. Now for the decisive moment. I looked in the mirror. There I was – a geeky girl in a Superman T-shirt and sneakers. My glasses fogged up as I started to cry.

The skirt did not change me. Though it fit well and might make me look good in the eyes of ­today’s world, it was not me. I am not a girl who flirts or wears cool clothes to fit in.

I took the thing off and slid back into the ­comfort of modesty. My mom knocked on the door. “Emily, are you okay?”

I wiped away my tears. “I’m fine.” I looked in the ­mirror again and saw a blond skinny girl with dorky ­glasses and a ponytail. I saw myself.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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babydizzle said...
Nov. 29, 2010 at 7:43 am
GIRL! I was all like, thats crazy! That skirt is da bomb! U was all like, " I not dat tipe," and im all like, "shut yo mouth!"
Openbook.A replied...
May 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

hahahaha you talk funny :D in a good way :P


TheEdgar said...
Nov. 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm
Beautiful, simply beautiful.
smalltownshorty said...
Nov. 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm
I really liked it, but I thought it kind of just stopped without much of an ending. But I still REALLY, REALLY liked it.
xaint.eons said...
Nov. 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I remember when I first read this in the print magazine a few years ago--to be honest, it didn't make much of an impression on me. Rereading it now means a lot more to me because I now realize that I've been in the exact same situation. I dress myself up on days when I want to hide behind an image, and more often than not, I am struck by a desire to buy something to make myself seem more confident to the world.

BTW, nerdy girls are HOT :)

advanced in most said...
Nov. 5, 2010 at 8:01 am

That was soooooooo amazing!I love how you told your story truthfully and without shame. Congradulations for staying true to your self.

Stay You.

Reese-Cup said...
Nov. 1, 2010 at 11:35 am
i love was amazing
Berta said...
Oct. 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm
Nice job!!  I can really feel what you felt because of your word choice and description.  Awesome!
sdfgsdfgsdfg said...
Oct. 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm
Im not gonna lie i cried
cierrasmyth said...
Oct. 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

i really like this story. well written and the actually story is really powerful. 

awesome :)

Roisin This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 27, 2010 at 11:58 am
this is really creative, to think of something so different. i really like it. did you just think of it, or did something inspire you ? (: fabulous!:D
Roisin This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm
i take that back, i do believe i meant to click on "fiction", but clearly this is a true story, therefore i assume any inspiration came from reality.. please ignore my previous comment, still an excellent job though! (:
SHANIECE F. said...
Oct. 27, 2010 at 11:53 am
Why dont you like to dress in things above your knee-caps
redhairCat This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Really good article!


J.Bee replied...
Oct. 27, 2010 at 11:35 am
This is really good! I know the exact feeling of how people perseve you as. It's the same for me. I like the way it was written. very good!
vetttooo said...
Oct. 20, 2010 at 7:35 am
umm good job on makeing the right choice but why cry i dint get that part of it i mean okur not the girl to wear that stuff and theres nothing wrong with that but why the tears
Lollypops replied...
Nov. 1, 2010 at 11:50 am
loll your nice ^_^
GothChik95 replied...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm
lol so sweet there!
Bibbobbeep said...
Oct. 13, 2010 at 11:00 am
I'm glad that you made a right choice. this writing was very good and i enjoyed reading about your experiences
vietnamesequinn said...
Oct. 13, 2010 at 11:00 am
exactly wat  tiedyelaine123 said if its not you then its  not you be yourself
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