Matt-Hoyle

“I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting.  Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person.  You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman.  Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?’ There are little Indian girls out there who look up to me, and I never want to belittle the honor of being an inspiration to them. But while I’m talking about why I’m so different, white male show runners get to talk about their art.“

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I think people don’t accept imperfection that well. They gawk at it; they stare at it – because it’s curious to them. It’s a shame because there’s so much beauty out there besides beauty.

– One of the subjects of photographer Matt Hoyle’s portraits shares his thoughts on beauty during the photographer’s talk at TEDxDubai.

Above: A selection of portraits from TEDxDubai speaker Matt Hoyles collection, Winter Swimmers. In his talk, “Perfect imperfection,” Matt describes his fascination with presenting the subjects of his portraits as they really are – flawed, interesting, imperfect – rather than trying to obtain the perfect ideal of beauty that we search for when choosing our Facebook profile pictures.