We asked six women to talk to us about a part of their bodies that is unique or different or underrepresented on Victoria’s Secret runways. Thing that would qualify: a third eye. Thing that wouldn’t: Bruno Mars. We asked them about their relationship with this part of themselves. Did they always love it the way we love it? Did they ever considered it a flaw?
Defining a fully-functioning part of our bodies as flawed is a silly value judgement. We know this, but sometimes we hang on to that designation, don’t we? And tightly, too! As if it helps us rather than very directly hurts us. We might even deposit a thought into it every time we look in the mirror. Paying it, day after day, our precious mind.
What these hang-ups really represent is a part of us that doesn’t conform the way someone, probably a snot-nosed kid in middle school, told us it was supposed to.
But, DUH, all that stuff is silly. Not even because we’re not what we look like, but because maybe we are. A collection of features, that is. None flawed or otherwise. A far more favorable solution would be to look at what makes us uniquely us and soak it in, appreciate it, and love it because it’s an extension of our worthy selves.
This got mushy, fast. But it’s true and we know it! Click through above to learn about six beautiful women who know it too and — this is important — are actually living it.
Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis and Paul B. Jones.