Am I Pretty?

May 14, 2010
Am I pretty? My mother would argue that yes, indeed, I was pretty, in fact I was beautiful. She would tell me not to pay attention to society’s view on the world, and to love myself for who I was. She would tell me to wear what I want and be who I am, and don’t worry about pleasing others.

Am I pretty? The boys in my school would argue no. They would tell me to drop the two pounds of baby fat I still clutch onto. They would tell me to wear lower shirts and tighter bottoms. They would tell me to be more like a Barbie Doll. They would tell me to lose my personality and submit myself to the nostalgic views of society.

Am I pretty? The thousands of strangers silently judging me would probably argue no. They would most likely tell me that I was not up on a billboard and not starring in a commercial, so that must mean I wasn’t pretty. They would compare me to faces plastered on walls and perfected on TV and would pronounce me “un-beautiful.”

Am I pretty? I don’t know anymore. Are my blue eyes too far apart? Is my blonde hair too wavy? Should I curl it? Should I work out more? Have I committed the deathly sin of being fat? I no longer know who I am or where I belong in this world…this world that’s poisoned by brainless presumptions. I just don’t think I belong in a world filled with plastic stick thin girls clutching four thousand dollar bags. Do you belong here?

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Sliva23 said...
Jul. 5, 2010 at 3:37 am
This actually made me cry...and i still dont no why
it really made m think about how i look and if i was pretty too
really good job
HIPPIEatHEART_writerINsoul This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm
Beautiful piece of writing :)
RoyaltySpoilty said...
Jun. 1, 2010 at 8:08 pm
That is deep stuff, I love it. I'm not sure myself what pretty is, I often think about it myself but sadly in vain. So Instead I just be myself and do what I like, and that usally involves a lot of purple.
magic-esi This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 1, 2010 at 7:10 am
This is so true! I love the simplicity and truth of this article, as well as the connections that the wording gives. This is a really good article. Five stars!
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