my Story of Trending me
When I was younger, I loved Barbie movies. I would always look up to the stars before bed and repeat the chant used in the movie Barbie as Rapunzel: Constant as the stars above, always know that you are loved. After repeating that chant with tears in my eyes, I would wish for straight hair. Rapunzel had long locks of beauty. I wanted to be just like her.
As a young girl, my curly hair was a quality of myself that I did not love or embrace. I resented it. Every day I thought that if I had straight hair, maybe that boy would notice me, maybe girls at school would love me, I would perhaps get invited to parties, I would perhaps not be so invisible, I perhaps wouldn’t look so weird.
Eventually, I was 15 when a boy commented on how big my curly hair was. Within two weeks, I chopped my hair off and started straightening every strand. I thought it would change everything. I was spending hours frying my hair, rather than doing my homework. I thought my hair defined me. If my hair wasn’t the same as the girl next to me, there was something wrong with me. I was lying to myself for the sake of what others thought. and was trying to look like the everyday trending girl…when realistically…I was always my own trending girl.
It took me years to realize the real lesson of Barbie as Rapunzel. Rapunzel was not defined by her hair. By the end of the movie, her hair was chopped off, and she still lived happily ever after. At that point and time, it did not matter whether or not her hair was long; what mattered was Rapunzel’s heart. Her heart and her hair saved the people she loved. Her hair was different. Her heart was pure. Therefore Rapunzel stood out. My hair represents that exact significance.
Trending Me rooted from my own self-acceptance of my differences. Now in my mid-twenties, I realize that I do not need to look or act like anyone else but myself. I want to be authentically me.
I am the trending fashion, I am the viral sensation of my own life. I want other women to feel that no matter who you are, how you dress, what you do, or what you like, you are always going to remain trending.
This platform is a writing compilation of my thoughts and experiences of my own personal struggles. I want to empower women through my thoughts on social justice education and societal constructs. . .
Remember to be authentically you! Say what you want and do not be silent!
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