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    What does beauty mean to you?

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    Beauty is confidence

    Growing up in Zimbabwe, i always felt like a pretty girl, but it never felt quite good enough. I can vividly remember an incident when i was about 16, when a guy i had turned down in public, yelled for everyone to hear," you are too skinny anyway..."Seriously, i was too skinny for him. But anyway, that's always been the way beauty was viewed in my culture, Women were supposed to be plump, and curvy, and i so wanted to be like that...well till i had a child anyway. I can comfortably tell you now, i feel i am a beautiful woman, regardless what society tells me. In Zimbabwe, i had to have just a little more meat on my bones, then after i moved to the US, i was perfect. Its quite amazing what society has done to us and out images, and at times, its a little scary thinking of the future, especially having a little girl. Anyway, going back to the question what beauty mean to me...confidence in myself as a woman. If you believe in yourself, and are confident of who you are as a person, big or small, light or dark skinned, you exude your best qualities. That my definition. Do i have insecurities? Of course i do. I live in a world where someone will always set a standard. I have my 'fat days' like a lot of women will agree with me. I've had a baby, and my body is definetly not what it used to be. But above all, i feel beautiful.

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