I know this question might sound weird, but have you ever not seen yourself because of your ethnicity because of how white wash america is? I am Hispanic and I've only gone to schools where most of the kids are white and I am not seen as the typical "beautiful"girl where I am from. Any thoughts on this?
not a weird question at all! no worries.
oh gosh yes. it really affected me when i was a child. i grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood and school system. i was constantly comparing myself to the other students, no fault of their own. luckily, they all embraced me and were kind to me.
but i could count on one hand how many black students were at my school, until i went to middle school and high school. i stuck out like a sore thumb, even now at grad school and when i was in undergrad. i spent many days staring at myself in the mirror comparing my features (hair, eyes, nose, skin tone) to the ones my classmates had. until one day i realized that beauty is found in all races, all skin tones, all body types, etc. i am beautiful. i am special. i am perfect. yes, society has these ridiculous beauty standards that many races may not fit, but that does not mean that they/we are not beautiful.
i look at myself as a beauty standard for me. i am my own beauty standard. who cares if i don’t have certain features that would deem me as society’s version of beautiful. i look in the mirror and see that i am beautiful. i know that i am beautiful. i am my “goals”.
i love that so many people are breaking the beauty standards. i hope that we as a society can keep evolving and changing (for the better). i hope for a more inclusive society especially in regards to race and beauty.