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I know that I’m not

I know that you know
That I know that I’m not

But I feel like it
Oh God, I feel like it

I know I’ve got clear eyes
And lovely hair
But when I look in mirrors
The imperfections scream
‘Till the tiny cracks
Become huge gaping holes
That I’m terrified you’ll see

So please,
I need to hear it

Tell me that I’m beautiful
This was written as I tried to analyze the thoughts and feelings behind pictures of my friends looking their most beautiful while saying they were ugly, it's quite sad in a way.
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Pheonixfeather3 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing. I'm feeling like this just now. It's good knowing you're not the p only one
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imaginative-lioness Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It reminds me of a period of my life where I only noticed my imperfections when I looked in the mirror. I can relate to this piece so much, and whilst this makes me sad, it also makes me realise how far I've come. I can look in the mirror today and know that I am beautiful in my own way. A truly wonderful piece :heart:!
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starell Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Yay! I'm so glad you've come that far! Personal growth can be a tricky mountain to climb but it is always so very worth it when we reach the top, or even just make it off the ground!

Thank you! :heart:
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Suphyx Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
People often hide behind the praise of others to achieve the happiness in themselves, that only they can give. Fishing for compliments with a high self-esteem reveals the sensitivity, low personal appreciation, or dissatisfaction within themselves. I've been here before, I've thought your words, and it's awful. The only person that can make one beautiful is them.

Wonderfully done yet again. Very good observation, and great job in presentation. :)
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starell Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Very insightful! What you've said applies not only to beauty but to all manner of life. People keep looking for others to give them the answers that only they can provide themselves with. It's a lack of conviction, a constant affirmation.

Why thank you kind sir!
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Suphyx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes exactly! Very well put. You're most welcome.
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starell Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
:)
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MrWootton Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Writer
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starell Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
nice article! I think that there is a difference between knowing something and really realizing that. Which seams to be a problem I have!

I love how the article stressed the wide range of things found beautiful by a wide range of characters. It is very easy to get caught up into trying to fit into a specific mold. I loved the ending! What I think that really needs to be addressed is the absurd (to me) trend to trying to make our skin color something it's not. Darker women want to be lighter and lighter women want to be darker until it's not really about accepting all types of skin colors but molding all skin colors into a sort of medium. This is really hard for me as an extremely fair skinned person. I think that from the darkest to the lightest skin tone they are all gorgeous and it is only the fake orangey medium I have come to see as ugly. That is, of course, just me, although others might be sufficiently delighted with that particular hue.

I tried to write something legible, but It just seems as if there are too many things to say to be able to express them properly!
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MrWootton Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Writer
Yes, head-knowledge vs. heart-knowledge. Or something like that.

It's hard not to view all the pressure to conform to some sort of "happy medium" as an attack on the self. What about standing out? What about looking like "you" (but for real, not like a makeup ad campaign using the phrase)? Is it really okay to let diet product companies, exercise product companies, and beauty product companies (and everyone they can influence with their money) tell us that we're not okay?

Yeah, I know the feeling. It took me about three years to write that blog post, and it still doesn't say all that needs to be said...
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starell Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
What I think is the most frustrating is that these big companies are only telling people that they are not okay, or not normal, or that something needs to be done to "fix" them in order to sell products! If everyone were happy with their outward appearances then they would not have a way to make money. In order to make money you have to have a product that fills a need or you have to create a need and have a product that fills this artificial need. What I am wondering is how much of this need for beauty would exist without these big companies because sadly I think it was already there and they just inflated it to epic proportions.

If there is a big enough issue you could write a million words and it would still never be enough.
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MrWootton Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Writer
Yeah, basically they are simply capitalizing on pre-existing social power struggles. If you look at "beauty standards" throughout history they pretty much conform to whatever outward appearances imply wealth, power, and luxury. So it doesn't even come down to attraction or pleasing aesthetics, just the ability to put others down simply by having them glance at you and know how much money and free time has gone into having the body/appearance you do.

What's broken about the whole thing is that so many people feel like they have to buy into that system to be beautiful, but they are not trying for a power play - just want to know they are lovely! And end up believing this is the way to get there when that's not what it's about at all.
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starell Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Ugh, everything you said is just perfect! You, my good sir, are very observant.
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MrWootton Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Writer
Aww, thanks! I've been working to wrap my mind around this topic for almost a decade, so by now I really ought to have something constructive to say about it...

Wesley: "You are amazing!"
Inigo: "I ought to be after twenty years!"
;)
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AnimalofManyColors Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I always tell my boyfriend I think I'm ugly, and he'll get mad because he always calls me beautiful.
I'm going to read this poem to him.

Thanks for making an awesome poem that expresses how me (and many others) feel but have trouble saying. :)


(sorry that I got all serious and stuff XD)
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starell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
My mom always does that too!

Of course! Sometimes I don't know what to say either! It feels just like I'm spewing words onto paper.

No problem! :hug:
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HaroThar Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
This..... Oh gosh this is the words that I can never find actually written down.
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starell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Haha I get that feeling all the time!!!
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lilmegs17 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
dude this is so true. It's hard to think that you are beautiful when you never hear it from someone that you care about.
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starell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Thank you. :hug: I empathize and even though I don't know you I am sure you are just gorgeous!
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sk8rsRhawt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is one of the most true things ever. Ever. I love it.
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starell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
haha! Thank you so much!
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daysifox-hime Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Very accurate :) thanks for sharing! Really hit a spot haha
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starell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Glad I could affect you! :hug:
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Simply-a-Shadow Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
this is so pretty, i feel this way too, and well..i'm sure almost every other person in the world.
thanks for sharing :)
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starell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Thank you for your lovely words! :hug: welcome!
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Simply-a-Shadow Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
:hug:
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Kokorookaikasuru Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
It's so sad when someone who's beautiful calls themselves ugly, because they're just outright lying. Maybe I'm weird, but I've never seen anybody who's truly ugly on the outside, and yet we all seem to call ourselves ugly at some point, and I'm just as guilty.
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starell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I totally agree, no one I have ever seen has been ugly! I guess sometimes you just feel really ugly on the inside and it translates to how you view your outside.
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TheLastIconoclast Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Pure awesomesauce!
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starell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Wow! Thank you!
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Thisntme Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Shockingly true poem...
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starell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Glad you think so!
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sumgie1 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
An interesting topic. The first three lines have an amusing rhythm (not sure if it's the right word) to it. Overall, the poem feels emotional and somewhat relateable. So, all in all, a nice read. :)
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starell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Hehe I thought so too! I was trying to be a bit emotional because lately what I've writing has felt a bit flat, thank you! :hug:
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sumgie1 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
You're welcome. :)
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starell Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
:heart:
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ultimaterave Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist
You are beautiful, not because I know what you look like, but because of the person within
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starell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
aw, :huggle: I've always thought that If you think a person is lovely inside the outside could matter less! Thank you!
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