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The beauty magazines tell us

How to whiten our teeth

But never to smile

To put different products in our hair

But never to let it down

Different diets and tricks to lose a few

But never to let go of all the weight

Different ways to turn men on

But not how to love

Ways to erase wrinkles

But never to grow in age

How to stay youthful

But never to enjoy life as a child

To be free from all these thoughts

To no longer desire to be more beautiful

But just to be

A thousand ways that we could be better

Never will we love ourselves

Because we are constantly told reasons why we shouldn’t

Reasons we could be closer to this perfection we hold ourselves to

It drowns our happiness

It swallows our youth

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