4 Women on Accepting and Loving the Features Society Calls "Flaws"

Hallie Gould

Dear so called "flaws," despite the time we've spent hating you, wishing you away, and taking the cruel (and unprovoked) thoughts others have about you to heart, we love you… most of the time. But we accept you always. We use you to empower the person we've become. Kids are mean, traditional beauty ideals are bullshit, and you've helped us find the strength we never knew possible. So thank you, scars, stretch marks, gap teeth, and arm hair, for giving us the chance to become the best possible versions of ourselves: unique and free from judgment.

Below, four women discuss the flaws they worried about growing up. Keep reading for each of their stories.

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