For the Ugly Girls

BY: JENNIFER FICARRA
Writer based in New York: jenniferficarra.tumblr.com
Instagram & Twitter: @JenniferFicarra

This is for the ugly girls. I don’t mean ugly in relation to looks. I mean the ugly that’s a state of mind. The ugly that people make you feel, against your better judgement or thought. This is for the ugly girls who are so much more.

This is for the girls who were ever told that they weren’t enough because they didn’t look like anyone else. This is for the girls who were ever made to feel less than because someone told them they should be ashamed. This is for the girls who tried to harm themselves in order to fit in.

This is for the girls who gave up hope that someone might love them someday because they don’t look like they belong on the cover of a magazine. This is for the girls who think love only exists in movies. This is for the girls who only ever saw one type of face and one type of body and one type of demeanor reflected back at them from a screen. This is for the girls who weren’t represented, so they figured they weren’t worthy of being represented.

This is for the girls who wanted to, but never did.

This is for the girls who never believed they were enough. That they could. That they should.

This is for the girls who want more than what others want for them, what others say they should want.

This is for the girls who need to know that ugly is a state of mind. That ugly doesn’t matter. That beauty is in the eye of the beholder and what you look like on the outside does not correlate to who you are and what you are on the inside.

This is for the girls who are enough. This is for the girls who need to know that ugly is how someone can make you feel, but it’s not who you are.

This is for the girls that need to know that who they are is enough. This is for the girls whose character far outweighs their physical attributes. This is for the girls who need to know that sometimes the prettiest apple is rotten inside.

This is for the girls who need to know that shame is just a word in a dictionary. This is for the girls who won’t ever let anyone make them feel anything negative about themselves again. This is for the girls who were made to feel inferior, but are far superior.

This is for the ugly girls. May you rise and conquer the fucking world.

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