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…
(photography by Amanda Petersen for LaTonya Yvette)