Full lips and dark hair

I was born with naturally full lips
Dark brown almost black hair
Large eyes and lightly tan skin
I was born in America.
And this was not what you expected a typical American to look like
When I was growing up
These traits were not considered desirable
They were undesirable at the least
I was exotic- different-unique
I stood out because I didn't have a squeaky white complexion 
Soft blonde hair
Thin pink lips
I used to try to make my lips look smaller
by squishing them together
I would have dyed my hair blonde if I could have
I would have washed my skin to make it lighter if I could have

Eventually all of these things I was ashamed of became popular 
even in vogue!

Tan skin
Large eyes
Full Lips
Long thick dark hair

Women pay for these things!
External looks are so important in our society especially as women
We will do anything to feel good about ourselves 
or to make ourselves more desirable
But in reality it's not about what's in fashion
Fashion changes all the time
I have all these traits and do I feel more desirable now 
that they are "IN'?
I don't
Because it's more important to be valued as a human being 
for my accomplishments 
or what type of person I am 
rather than outward attractiveness
whether it comes naturally or has been bought

Diana Tenes


About dianatenes

I was born in San Jose/Silicon Valley and raised in the Bay Area. I have been writing poetry since I was a child and recently started to share it. I read some poems at a Poetry meeting for the first time last year. I have co written, produced and directed children's theater in the East Bay. I have self published a guide to eco-friendly, second hand shopping and recycling "90% OFF Every Day! available on Amazon and Kindle. I have worked as an Actress, Make-up Artist for Film/TV and Face Painter, Costume Designer and run a small business selling vintage clothing (pop-ups). https://www.facebook.com/894408793925661/videos/vb.894408793925661/908989729134234/?type=2&theater https://www.instagram.com/artistebythebay/ https://www.imakefaces.com http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0854952/ https://www.yelp.com/biz/i-make-faces-vallejo https://www.facebook.com/DianasDressingRoom/ https://www.facebook.com/imakefacess/
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