Those were the two things that always kept me from thinking I was beautiful.
There were always other things of course, I could make a list, but those are the two that caused me to 'stick out'.
My hairy arms always made me feel unfeminine. It didn't help that I chose to date men obsessed with looks and physical perfection and that hardly any of the women portrayed in the media have body hair. I shaved my arms in college at the request of a boyfriend. I grow them out now, and roll my eyes every time I think of how I did that for a boy.
My nostrils, well, I have yet to see another pair that can compete in size.
I used to wipe my nose furiously on my sleeve as a kid, and my mother would threaten that my nostrils would stretch if I kept wiping so hard.
I can't tell you how long I believed that was actually the reason.
But as the years went by, and I learned to ease on the wiping, I could not understand why my nostrils were still extra large.
It took a long time for me to accept these 'flaws'.
It took self-reflection, a companion who thinks my flaws make me more beautiful, and a mini-photo shoot-- bodily features front and center.
Today I took some photos for my new line of Dia de los Muertos jewelry (for sale soon on RoseRibbon.com!). I thought that my strong features complimented my jewelry and I was proud that they were mine.
Although the photos don't showcase my hairy arms, I was excited that they were present when capturing a photo of this bracelet. I thought about how a year ago, I chose to tattoo that hairy arm, so now there's no ignoring it!