How many times have you made friends delete snaps of you because you didn’t like how your features looked?
Maybe it was the dreaded “red eye” that crept in, or a case of too many hairs out of place, or just something you’re far more used to spotting, like a supposedly crooked nose or “wonky” eyes.
Out of the more than 300 women surveyed, a “disturbing” amount of them confess to having 35, 50, or even 100 hateful thoughts about their body features each day.
But one woman is determined to reclaim the feature she hates most about her body: her nose.
Radhika Sanghani is calling on women to stop hiding away from side-profile photos by doing the exact opposite and encouraging them instead.
Breaking the big nose taboo with my new campaign on the #sideprofileselfie!! Let’s stop hating our noses for not being tiny, little snubs and learn to love them by sharing a #sideprofileselfie https://t.co/2WpuNQmqmY pic.twitter.com/hL6mZmYEwZ
— Radhika Sanghani (@radhikasanghani) 20 February 2018
Writing for Grazia, Sanghani said, “I grew up thinking that you can’t be beautiful unless you have a snub little ski-slope of a nose, like Kate Middleton or Mila Kunis — and I know other women have too. There just aren’t enough larger-nosed ladies with stereotypically ‘hot’ roles in movies or ad campaigns to make us think an aquiline profile can be pretty.”
She posted a #SideProfileSelfie on Twitter and other women quickly followed suit.
— Charlii Siddu (@charliicl) 21 February 2018
Sanghani pointed out that back in the day, strong, Roman noses were considered powerful. If they were enviable then, why can’t they be once more?
Great to see this on tv this morning ever since I was little I’ve had issues with self confidence due to my nose pic.twitter.com/6Rrn4FUhMe
— julie wiseman (@juliewi60221855) 21 February 2018
— Nat White (@natwhite1980) 21 February 2018
“My theory is beauty standards have lauded small noses over big ones because they fit in with the idea of women being delicate, dainty, and not taking up space, she continued. “But we’re not. We’re bold, strong, and we can take up as much space as we want, even with our bodies.”
— Endo & Me (@EndoMeno) 21 February 2018
Already the movement’s caught some traction, with many women uploading their pictures in support.
Hopefully soon enough we’ll all be able to take selfies without worrying about being caught at the “wrong” angle ever again.
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