Tumblr, can we make this a thing? Please make this a thing.
I don’t know when I started altering my smile for photos but it was around twelve years of age. I didn’t like how only my upper row of teeth show when I smile, or how my eyes crinkle up. I looked at the images I saw of beautiful smiling women and my natural expression of happiness didn’t match. My natural expression of happiness wasn’t pretty enough. It had to be censored. The smile you see in photos of me isn’t my actual smile, and you’re not even likely to see my fake smile; I’m one of the thousands of women who prefers stoic self portraits. No motion of muscles to create wrinkles, eyes blank and doe-like.
I’m done being ashamed of my happiness, and I’m done adhering to the idea that women must be poised and perfect 24/7.
Here’s my fake smile:
Here’s my REAL smile; one I snapped a picture of while watching a funny video:
Please, I implore every woman on this site; post a picture of your real smile. Make this a project. I want to see unabashed happiness on the faces of the women in the world, and I want others to see it too.