I have dark skin, And I adore it. I’m an Egyptian girl of Nubian descent, But I don’t live in Nubia. I never get a break from people’s comments: On the streets, at school, or any place I go. body image, bullying, racism, beauty standards
I have always been a little chubby, ever since I was a little kid. I started to develop breasts as a teenager. The condition I have is called “gynecomastia”, or “enlarged breast tissue in men”. Although it’s prevalent among men, I was subject to a lot of ridicule from classmates.
I’m a girl, but I never let anyone see my hair. Even at home. Even when I’m asleep or coming out of the shower. I cover my hair at all times because of the abuse I get subjected to and because of the way they look at me. “Your hair is coarse.” body image, hair, bullying, beauty standards
My hair grew out very dry and curly. Mama didn’t know how to deal with it. She tried oils and creams. My hair was in braids all during my childhood. I never let my hair down. I never felt the wind in my hair. My maternal aunts made fun of me body image, hair, beauty standards, bullying, hijab
I’m a 17 year old boy. I used to be made fun of all the time for being thin. I wasn’t remarkably thin or frail, My weight was optimal, Not a pound heavier and not a pound lighter. It wasn’t just society that made fun of my body, Unfortunately, I was made fun of at home. body image, bullying, family
I used to be a swimmer. I am dark-skinned, Because I used to go to swim practice every morning. I’m the only person in my family with curly hair. Not a day would pass without someone commenting on my hair and skin.
I’m a 32-year-old man, And I struggle with being overweight. Every morning I wake up and look at myself in the mirror, And feel disgusted with my body. I can’t love it, and I can’t change it. I get really hurt by people’s comments. body image, bullying
“Frizzy-haired!” “Need a brush?” “How come you don’t brush your hair?” “Who electrocuted you?” “A doctor shouldn’t look like that.” “You need to brush your hair, dear, or it’ll collect dirt.” body image, hair, bullying, beauty standards
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