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"On the 26th of April 2019 I had breast reduction surgery. something I have wanted since a very young age. My large were taking over my life, always in discomfort feeling like these 'things' can't be mine. People thinking they have a right to stare or comment on my . Leaving me feeling extremely depressed. Theses images I'm sharing with you are a documentation of my recovery process and is still ongoing. This is how I want to be seen when prior to the surgery I wished to never be seen so vulnerable. But now I'm taking the power back."— photographer @hayleyorton_

“The shame I felt about my lips and nose lasted for so many years that I was sure one day when I finally had the money I would look completely different with a sharper smaller less Black nose and thinner lips to match those of the white ancestors I know I have but whose names I'll never know The first time a man told me my nose is cute was when I was still a child and I thought his validation was necessary even though his alone wasn't enough because I kept looking for men who looked nothing like me to tell me my features were beautiful When I kissed his cheek he told me my lips were so big that he felt someone had slapped him and others complimented me only after our mouths touched and one told me that I was cutest when my lips were covered and my nose was covered and only the most neutral feature on my face was visible. I looked in the mirror yesterday and tried to remember the last time I thought about making my lips smaller and I couldn't remember as I made pouty faces and watched my glasses fall to the very tip of my nose as I admired the gold jewelry I wear to draw attention to it I thought about my loved ones and how they tell me I'm beautiful without needing to touch me or cross my boundaries while they make me laugh so hard that my mouth stretches my nose widens and I giggle the way I used to when I was a child” — by illustrator @ggggrimes

Love and support 💌 Photo by @damlasahinbas_ featuring @irenyilmaz and @kardelen.jpeg

Cherub 🏹 Photo by @dritch featuring @lilynova97

🐝🍯 Photo by @laaapavi featuring @childishgambino for @adidasoriginals

Many faces 👁️ Photo and drawings by @esotericlens featuring @internetblog

Silhouette shadows ❣️ Photo by @mariyakozhanova

Our series is spotlighting creatives around the world and across industries who are on the Girlgaze Network and deserve big checks for their amazing work. This week, we talked to photographer, illustrator, and art director @chica.chiara from Argentina 💙 Want to be featured? We'll be choosing creators who upload their portfolios to the Girlgaze Network. Sign up for your chance to be featured — link in bio.

"10 years ago I remember a night in with friends, playing Truth or Dare. One of the truth was a question to one of my best friends 'who do you think is the sexiest person in the room?' ⁣ ⁣ To what I thought was to everyone’s surprise, she said 'Clémentine.' She also added that I felt confident and fearless and that was . That my were . It turned up I was the only one surprised by her answer. ⁣ ⁣ I not sure why this moment stuck with me. I was wearing some outfit I guess. Skirt, leather high boots with a flat heel, cute tight top. I can see now how she thought I was and confident and seemed fearless. Really what I could see back then was my lack of confidence, my trying to be more attractive by wearing curve fitting clothes and my leggings hiding those I used to hate. I remember laughing and feeling like she was joking because how I felt inside did not reflect what was outside. I also remember wondering why it didn’t... and feeling hurt. ⁣ ⁣ That was about 1 year before I got gastric lapband and decided to hurt myself just to finally fit in, to be thinner, thinking I would finally be happy. ⁣ ⁣ Today I showing you this unretouched images of myself at over 200lbs, heavier then I was before surgery. I love that I finally able to love myself at any size and I love that I was able to distance myself from that surgery and what it meant. ⁣ ⁣ I remember seeing my doctor a few years back when I had the band loosen up and he told me, 'if you do that you will gain all the weight back and will be fat again, are you ok with that?' I said yes, when really at the time i wasn’t quite ok with that yet but I knew I wanted to be. So I did it anyway. Today I finally ok with that fat and I love that I can say that out loud. ⁣ ⁣ I will not seek validation from men or anyone else anymore about my or my brain, I will not hurt my again to change it, I will love myself as I now." — @bonjourclem

👌 @dualipa captured by photographer @janellshirtcliff for @variety

Dreamer ☁️ Photo by @fancybethany

‘caos creación’ ✨ Photo by @carlota_guerrero in collabortaion with @palomawool. Hair by @gloriaricoo

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