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Ugly Reflection

Well, it finally happened. I looked in the mirror the other day and I spoke these words to my reflection, “Eww, girl, what have you done?”. As I stared in my bathroom mirror, still foggy from my steamy shower, I couldn’t believe how ugly I felt. Sure, since I cut off my locs on 8/22, I’ve had fleeting moments of doubt about my decision to wear a teeny weeny afro. However, this was different. I honestly felt that I looked like an overweight dude and THAT was my biggest beauty fear come true.


Well, it finally happened. I looked in the mirror the other day and I spoke these words to my reflection, “Eww, girl, what have you done?”. As I stared in my bathroom mirror, still foggy from my steamy shower, I couldn’t believe how ugly I felt. Sure, since I cut off my locs on 8/22, I’ve had fleeting moments of doubt about my decision to wear a teeny weeny afro. However, this was different. I honestly felt that I looked like an overweight dude and THAT was my biggest beauty fear come true.

As I type this I realize that it may sound superficial. However, this is what I felt in that moment. I was ashamed to have these negative internal dialogues. After all, I am a proud Black woman who teaches classes on diversity and identity. Why in the world was I allowing myself to fall prey to the negative hype out there about my beauty? “Tina”, I said to my reflection, “you are a beautiful woman. The only reason you feel ugly is because your hair has been devalued in society. Your coily hair is BEAUTIFUL. Your Afrocentric features are GORGEOUS”.

Honestly, I felt so bad that I didn’t even want to write this blog. How can I encourage other people to be positive about themselves when I felt so downright unattractive? The good thing is that the feeling did pass. BUT, I do wonder if it will return. What do you see when you look in the mirror?
This hair-identity-self esteem connection is real.
  • Samara

    When I was in doubt about my natural hair, I avoided mirrors. I'm a bit better, but very often I still have days that I don't like what I see.

  • topie

    Samara,Isn't this deep!!!!!????? Oh my goodness, it is a sad, sad thing for me. I want to be able to look into the mirror and love my image but, whew, I was knocked off of my feet by the repulsion I felt towards MYSELF!!!! I am not accustomed to that feeling when it comes to my looks (though, if I'm honest I have felt that way about my body before). But now to feel it about my face too! Oh boy, I feel some serious prayer coming on!!! :)Tina

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