Body Image (15 found)
Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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The author gains weight and is bullied. She briefly tries throwing up her food, until she has a health scare and takes off the weight slowly with exercise and healthy diet. (full text)
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Jessica experiences racism and internalizes it. A natural hair blog and a growing understanding of society help her see that black is beautiful. (full text)
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The dean at the writer’s school has bigger breasts than she does—and he’s a man. (full text)
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When Antwaun balloons up to 291 pounds, he knows it’s time to change his ways. (full text)
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The writer has to deal with offensive comments because of her large chest. (full text)
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Anita is raised to believe that being a “good Indian girl” means having long hair. Then she gets a haircut. (full text)
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The writer starts throwing up her food to lose weight, but stops when a friend is hospitalized for bulimia. (full text)
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A.C. writes about learning to love her body and wear clothing that make her feel proud, rather than what others think she should wear. (full text)
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The writer's family consistently taunts her about her shape and eating habits. She summons the confidence to stand up to their negative talk. (full text)
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Yousef defies the stereotype that only women suffer from insecurities about their bodies. “I feel like no one realizes men can feel the same way,” he writes. (full text)
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As Crystal Stevens writes in this review, "Dietland will make you step back and question how women are treated in our society. (full text)
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For as long as she can remember, the writer’s male relatives teased her about being chubby. She writes about internalizing this criticism and how it affects her body image as a teenager. (full text)
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After the writer realizes she looks nothing like the sexualized, skinny actresses who play teens on TV, she begins to explore her own definition of beauty. (full text)
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Isaura compares herself to her curvy classmates, and is intimidated by their critiques of one another's looks. (full text)
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Angelina has mixed feelings about shaving her legs and underarms. (full text)