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Body Image & Embracing Our So-Called Flaws

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS
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I’ve had a visible scar on my forehead from chicken pox since second grade. In fact, I have several throughout my body.

I have a big scar of moon-like shapes on my left knee from falling on the ground at my grandparents’ house in the Ukraine. I remember it hurting — a lot.

I already have wrinkles on my forehead that I’m sure any cosmetic surgeon would recommend I Botox away.

I definitely have love handles, and my hips keep expanding. And when I’m bloated, I look like I’m with child.

I have a skin condition called keratosis pilaris, which means that I have little bumps on my skin, particularly my arms.

At 29, I still have acne. I have a weird indentation on my middle finger (probably from holding a pen and writing so much). My hair is thin.

I have stretch marks and cellulite and my boobs could use a boost.

Some might call these flaws or imperfections — if they’re trying to be subtle or sort of polite.

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Body Image & Embracing Our So-Called Flaws

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  1. Beautiful Margarita! Beautiful for its honesty and the courage it took to write it.

  2. Thank you for sharing this. Such wisdom in those words. Love the favourite line at the end!

  3. Thank you so much for this posting. I have struggled with anorexia for nearly 30 years. I have been at a healthy weight (for me;)) for the last 7 years or so,and I am Grateful. However, the body image issue still looms -literally- large. I still see myself as so much bigger than I actually am, though I can spot another anorectic a mile away. Your posting about embracing flaws came at just the right time and I thank you! The body image issue has resurfaced with growing older; what a hoot that process is. Just when I feel I’ve accepted one “flaw” another pops up (or out). :) However, I am learning one day at a time to love my body, cellulite, crinkled forehead, crowsfeet and all.

    A wise woman once said while pointing at her own wrinkles, “if you focus on the imperfections, you miss all the beauty,” when she said beauty she gestured at her entire being. Lovely!

    Thank you again.

    • @ Kristin, you’re very welcome! I’m so glad to hear that you’re learning to embrace your “flaws.” I always say that body image is a process, and part of the reason is that we’re changing, too. Our society also makes it harder to become comfortable with the aging process, so I can understand where you’re coming from. That quote is great! It’s so true that when we focus so much on our imperfections, we miss out and we lose out on getting to know ourselves better and really on having fun. It’s an important reminder. Thank you for your comment!! :)

  4. Thanks for the shout-out, my friend.

  5. Thanks Margarita for reminding us of a wonderful truth: our imperfections are not necessarily our flaws! Love this post (and great excerpts from other blogs too)

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