“I can’t pinpoint the exact moment when I started worrying about my weight and overall appearance when I was growing up, so I guess it’s just always been a part of me even when I was a child.

To be quite honest, my weight used to be such an issue in my family and it keeps on bothering me to think about it since it’s such a superficial thing to point out. It’s not that I was overweight, I was just chubby.

I started counting the calories I was ingesting by the time I was 16. I wouldn’t really eat more than 500 calories a day and I hated myself for eating dinner. I cried a lot during that year.

Then, I met a guy and he told me I was heavenly, he made me feel good about myself since nobody else would and it’s through his validation that I learned to hate myself a bit less.

So here I am today, a healthy 150 pounds with a curvy hourglass figure and a somewhat killer confidence. I learned that if other people could think that I was beautiful, so could I, and people usually won’t tell you that you’re pretty or sexy unless they mean it. Obviously I still struggle to this day but I am more confident than ever before in my life.”

Project Real Beauty by The Korean Barber

Maude, November 2015