(Before and After)
When I was a child, my aunt would call me ” muñeca de porcelana,” meaning porcelain doll. I had fairly light skin (compared to other Latinos) with big brown eyes, a small nose and a matching pouty mouth. I think I was adorable.
As I grew into my adolescence, I would get teased about my nose: “Your nose disappears when you smile.” I started to feel insecure about my facial features- they were small and unnoticed.
In adulthood, I realized there was nothing I could do about my nose…unless I got a nose job? I’d rather not. That is way too many health risks involved and money that I’d rather spend on traveling. The more I grew my confidence, I didn’t care about what people said about the way I looked. I laughed it off. It didn’t phase me.
When I started to date, I received the most compliments about my nose and lips. A few people told me I should pierce my nose because it would look pretty. I don’t get how adding another hole into my nose would help, but thanks! It came full circle. I’ve grown up, built confidence and started to appreciate what my momma gave me. Everyone else is just nosy.
Imperial Beach Pier, San Diego (2013)