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BEAUTY

We Are All Beautiful

But what does society say?

BY YAZA Nigeria Team

May 31, 2021, 08:00 AM

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Big butt, big boobs, big everything is what one may define as beauty on a woman. Small waist, slender, light-skinned, or dark-skinned, she barely has stretchmarks are the other societal standards of beauty that have been set by society. But what really defines beauty today? 
 
We live in a world that has made plus-size women feel as if there is something wrong with them. As if they are less, unworthy, and undeserving because of their size. It's only recently that we have started preaching body positivity empowering curvy women, and even launching miss plus size events. There are jobs like presenter jobs or modeling gigs that chubby people couldn’t get back then.
 
Growing up, I was a bit bigger than the other children. Every time I played with them, I was called fat and that got into my head. I’d wonder if I ate too much or if I did something wrong to be bigger. Sometimes I refused to eat because I thought food made someone big. I didn't talk to my mum about it because these are not important issues in African families. As long as a parent provides shelter, food, and education, nothing else is important. This is also why we don’t talk about mental health issues.
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