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“I am so glad you are growing your hair out!” (NSFW)

Over the last couple of weeks, I have heard this quote or one similar from several different people. While I was gracious and said “Thank you” I later thought, I should have said “Fuck you.” Seriously, what does that even mean?

What it means is, I am going to continue to get my hair buzzed until society/the media gets over itself and accepts that all people are beautiful and no person should be judged, valued, loved or even liked based on their appearance alone. Now I totally understand that I will probably die of old age with a buzzed head but I am content to let that happen as long as it empowers me to keep the conversation going about society’s obsession with appearance.

After the last person said “I am so glad you are growing your hair out” I didn’t shrink in the corner and wonder if I look that bad with my hair short (Ok I did wonder a little bit) Instead It made me want to change people’s minds, their perception of themselves and others even more. It did empower me to fight the good fight and continue my work on body image and self acceptance.

Did I tell you I was posing nude for a friend of mine? My good friend Rikki asked me one day if I would want to pose nude for a portrait. She thought it may be a great addition to my body image work. I thought so too, and said sure, without flinching. I have sat for her twice now and while I haven’t felt any different personally or emotionally it has been a lovely experience. We will see how I feel with the portrait done. It’s still a work in progress but here are a couple early shots…


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