Short Shorts And Styling Beauty Marks

I dislike the word flaws when describing any physical thing on a body. I’ve learned that what we may see as flaws are actually stories and beauy marks. And while it takes a lot of time, patience, community, and hopefully, self-acceptance, the work is often worth it.

Lately, I’ve been happy with the insurgence of odd and glorious beauty-marks shown by celebrities and those with influence, with true and clear intention. I know, that as a kid, having large patches of white skin didn’t feel normal and it also wasn’t displayed on commercials or ads.

These days, there’s a book with me baring my body and my skin, and it’ll live beyond me. There are days that a book seems illusive, and I am challenged to wear things that push against an auto-body-response. A response that says, cover up, no one wants to see that. That, meaning the marks. Lately, that, also means thick thighs and invisible cleavage, too.

Whatever that is for you, I hope you can join me this summer in an attempt to shut off that response. Style the short shorts. Style the beauty marks.

Here’s what I did it with…

+ Vintage Paisley dress here and here + Short shorts here and here + Sandals I am coveting, and a signature bag (here too).

(photography by Amanda Petersen for LaTonya Yvette)

4 thoughts on “Short Shorts And Styling Beauty Marks

  • Reply Monica Mulhern June 4, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    I think you look fabulous and I am continuously trying to live me, bohemian, showing some leg 48 year old. So good on you, keep being you.

    • Reply latonya June 4, 2019 at 9:49 pm

      This is amazing to read. Thank you for sharing the encouragement and as a reminder that we can do us at any age!


  • Reply Katherine June 6, 2019 at 5:33 am

    I’m exactly in this headspace right now, trying to push past the inner critic telling me what I ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ wear for summer. It’s slow and difficult work with a lot of steps backwards, but I can feel the inner critic getting quieter.

    And as always you look amazing, LaTonya! x

    • Reply latonya June 6, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      Katherine, I love this! It is totally about shutting the critic down.. slow and steady, for sure. I’m excited to see what you wear this summer?


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