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    Posted February 23, 2012 by
    Austin, Texas
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    What does beauty mean to you?

    Imperfection and the beauty inside.

    My dad told me when I was a little girl that he would disown me if I was fat. I was already a fat kid when he told me that, and still, to this day, it hurts to reminiscence. My high school experience was a blur, I can't remember much because I spent it as an anorexic and a sickly anemic. I felt so ugly, watching the popular girls wear shorts and tight tank tops with their skinny bodies.
    When I moved to Texas from California the summer of 2011, everything changed. The people of Austin seemed so laid-back about appearances and food and music is a big part of their culture. No one seemed to care if you were a size 0 or a size 20, and long as you're fun and have an uplifting attitude. With my dad out of the picture, I began experiencing life from a different angle, and my perception of beauty changed completely. Beauty is in, in a sense, "imperfection" flaunted with grace and confidence. I gained about fifteen pounds and I never felt so great in my life. I feel beautiful because my friends love me for who I am, and that's all that matters.
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