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Big, sexy noses; finding your personal style; WTF is a waterline; and more.

I’m not skinny at all; but I’m not fat either. Can you give me some suggestions, stylewise?

First of all, let’s get real. When it comes to personal style, SIZE DOES NOT MATTER. You can be the most stylish girl on the block regardless of the number on your clothing tag. Because style comes from THE INSIDE. Taking some inspiration from Aaliyah (RIP)—it can totally be a positive motivating force within our (fashion-loving) lives. It is the pizzazz we put in our pants. The divaliciousness in our dresses. The sass in our zapatos! Basically what I’m trying to say is that “style” is an equation of your own special unique taste + classy pieces + je ne sais quoi. Style doesn’t care whether you are skinny, fat, in the middle, or whatever.

Figure out what you are comfy in and what you feel good in. What makes you go, “OOOH YEAH”? Do you like skinny pants and bowties? Do your thing like the Ole Razzle Dazzle. Do you feel pretty in a cropped tee and a maxi skirt? Work it, then put even more of your own spin on it. You know that collection of vintage Bakelite bangles your grandma gave you? Work those. And if you want a tip on a fail-proof piece of clothing, I think skater-style dresses like these from ASOS are super cute on everyone. Same goes for dark denim skinny jeans. So find something like that and ACCESSORIZE, YOU FILTHY ANIMAL (sorry, watching Home Alone right now). Put a beret on dat bitch. Or smoochie tights. Wear all black except for yellow moustache socks. Find a peacoat so obscenely bright it makes your mama cry. Decorate a shirt with Justin Bieber’s eyes; sew a lace veil to cover the eyes for a peek-a-LOL. Look at the girls in this article. Wear anything you want. Be creative. Don’t care about your size. This is totally going to be fun. I promise. —Marie

I’m not a morning person. I’d like to consider myself a stylish person. But I always end up oversleeping and then I have to throw on my go-to jeans-and-T-shirt combo or go-to black-dress-and-black-tights combo. I never feel particularly ass-kicking when wearing these outfits. Do you have any suggestions on how to get dressed in a maximum of 12 minutes? (And don’t even bother telling me to get up earlier. I’ve tried just about everything and it’s just not going to happen.) —Isabel, New York City

GIRLFRIEND. I have the same problem. I will keep hitting the snooze button on my alarm, then finally proceed to roll out of bed and throw on the same pepaw sweater I wore twice that week already, some salty leggings, and an ugly Rod Stewart tee I bought on eBay on a weird whim. This happens way too often, especially for someone who is supposed to be a “fashion blogger.” WHAT A DISGRACE I AM.

Well, honestly I am too laid back to be hard on myself about it, BUT I will admit that I do feel better when I don’t dress like a total sloth. So this advice I’m going to give you, I will follow it too. Let’s be a support group for “Non-Morning People Who Want to Look GOOD” aka “The No More Holey Leggings Ladyteam.” Hold your hand out to your monitor and PINKY SWEAR WITH ME.

This is what I think works: outfit preparation the night before. I do believe it was Alexander Graham Bell who said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Ain’t that the truth. If I have some idea the night before of what I’m going to wear, that shaves off 10 minutes of dilly-dallying the next morning, half-asleep, staring at my closet, silently screaming, “WHAT DO I WEAR I HAVE NO CLOTHES I HATE EVERYONE!!!” I know this “be prepared” tip sounds like an obvious Girl Scouts antidote, but it will seriously help us. I remember laughing at a friend whose phone call I’d just overheard where she was asking her boyfriend to lay out her outfit for the next morning. “Yes, babe, take those pants out. No, not those black pants—the other ones I left on the ironing board.” I secretly LOL’d like a jerk. But she was smart! I figured that out when the next day I woke up late and threw on some ratty-ass chanclas and an old black V-neck that by the end of the day was basically down to my belly button, exposing way too much of my cleavage. Luckily I was able to cover my gazumbas with my long hair, but HOW EMBARRASSING. I learned my lesson.

I don’t want you to have a similar wardrobe malfunction. So let’s do this. I am planning my outfit for tomorrow as I write this! GO TEAM GO! [Next-day note from Marie: this totally works. I wasn’t late this morning and I’m looking GOOD...] —Marie

I can’t seem to put eye makeup on right. I usually just do mascara and eyeliner above the bottom lashes. (I don’t know what that part is called—you know the one that is sort of wet? Do you know what I mean?) Anyways it’s all gone in 30 minutes. I would like to have a dark look to my eyes and for it to actually LAST. Thanks, Alice

First off, that area above your lower lashline is called your waterline, and you have to be careful lining it since your tear ducts live there. Be sure that every time you are lining, you use a freshly sharpened pencil to get rid of any bacteria lingering around. Now that my little warning is out of the way, let’s answer your question. To get your liner to last, try a waterproof formula like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero ($18, urbandecay.com). It’s formulated to last a really long time. Also, if you want to add black eye shadow into the mix (it looks great smudged along the upper and lower lashline using a Q-tip for a smoky look), be sure to start with a primer like NYX’s HD Eye Shadow Base ($7, drugstores). Primers make sure eye makeup stays in place all day on your lid, exactly where you put it. In short, just look for formulas that say “waterproof” or “long wear,” and you should be good to go! —Hannah

My nose has always bothered me. My obsession over it started when I read Looking for Alaska. In that book John Green describes Alaska as this perfect girl with a ski-slope nose and perfect features. I’m nothing like that. Even when people say I’m pretty, I find it hard to believe because of my nose. Can people with big/ugly noses still be attractive? Are there any beautiful women to look up to with big/ugly noses? I wonder this because every time there is a woman being called beautiful in books or magazines, she has a clear complexion, perfect lips, and a perfectly pointed nose. I’m the exact opposite. When I look in the mirror, I feel ugly. —Aliya from New York

Listen, I’m sure that book is a good read and all ::side eye:: but SCREW this idea that you can’t be pretty without a “ski-slope nose.” If that’s the case, there’s no hope for most of us! AHHH! OK, you know what. I’m going to first go straight to a list of hot ladies with more distinct shnozzes.

#1: Lea Michele (top left). She opted out of getting a typical Hollywood nose job and still became Glee’s lead songbird! Then, moving clockwise, we have our #1 director crush, the amazing Sofia Coppola! Next there’s the singer-rapper M.I.A., who would be gorgeous no matter what, but isn’t she so much hotter with her natural nose than she would be with a ski slope? And finally, if you are a Misfits fan, you are familiar with the beautiful Lauren Socha, I LOVE HER! All these women are SO PRETTY! And they don’t have that “perfect ski-slope nose” either! Don’t let it get you down, my boo!

If you need further convincing, look at this Tumblr called Fuck Yeah Big Noses. Lots of sexy people in that one! And read this amazing Hairpin piece written by a fellow larger-nosed lady!

Look, we all get self-conscious about our physical features. ALL OF US. The girl whose nose you wish you had is probably looking at you wishing she had your eyes and hair. It’s true! I used to be a little insecure about my nose too. But then my supreme hotness just kind of washed those insecurities away. So will yours. Your nose is perfect just the way it is. BELIEVE IT.

Sorry, just couldn't help myself...

Love, Marie

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87 Comments

  • Petra January 17th, 2012 7:11 PM

    Aliya! i totally had that problem with my nose – for the longest time I hated it and thought it made me the ugliest person on the face of the earth – then i finally realized that imperfections are what make you beautiful NOT perfectness – who the hell wants someone with a symmetrical face – NOT ME. xxxx

  • Jamie January 17th, 2012 7:21 PM

    my nose is huge and i’m hot

    so there’s that

  • Carneece January 17th, 2012 11:03 PM

    Not gonna lie – I’d probably applaud and bow down to this post if it consisted only of Andy Samberg’s face.
    But as it stands, bravo for it all!

    • Chimdi January 18th, 2012 1:24 AM

      yeah…when I looked at Rookie right after school and saw Andy Samberg, i honestly thought it was going to be an entire article devoted just to him…

  • kendallakwia January 17th, 2012 11:11 PM

    In Looking for Alaska, Alaska is NOWHERE NEAR the perfect girl, and that is on purpose. The narrators of John Green novels tend to romanticize their love interests. (I still love him.) It’s definitely not productive to compare yourself to fictional characters! It sucks a lot!

    • Carneece January 17th, 2012 11:31 PM

      Yeah, I remember my younger sister panicking whenever she read Twilight several years back because Meyer continually pounded the “normal 110-pound girl” mantra whenever Bella needed to be picked up/flung around/captured/etc. It kind of skeezed me out that Meyer had a specific number heralded as the epitome of “normal”, but…yeah, fuck it. ;)

      • caro nation January 18th, 2012 6:44 PM

        On the other hand, who wants to be toted around like a satchel by some brooding, pale vampire all the time? Fuck “110″, we can actually WALK.

      • Filia-Zissy January 23rd, 2012 12:48 PM

        I don’t like that phrase too. “50 kilogram” (110 pounds)… The last time I reached that level I was eleven or something like that. I’m not fat, I’m quite normal (everybody says so, so it must be true…) and so I’m wondering were Meyer got her “normal” from.
        In many ways Bella is a typical teenaged girl (thinks she’s ugly, not funny, feels awkward all the time)… I think that’s the reason why Twilight is so succesful – because most girls can relate to that feeling, although it’s sad, that most girls seem to feel awkward.

        http://ordinarypeopleadorable.blogspot.com/

    • cherrycola27 January 17th, 2012 11:51 PM

      I agree! I think (and of course, this is just me being dumb here but I do LOVE JOHN GREEN and spend and awful lot of time thinking about him/his work) the point of his characters is that they make the person they love/are obsessed with into something they aren’t. Alaska isn’t perfect. She’s far from perfect, it’s just that Miles thinks she is.
      I know this wasn’t the point of your question, Aliya from New York, I just wanted to say that. “Perfection” is just an idea. Beauty can be anything.

      • Cruicked January 18th, 2012 1:05 PM

        Exactly. Paper Towns, also by John Green for those who don’t know, has a recurring theme about imagining people complexly which goes along with the part of this article about the girl who you envy for whatever wants your hair and eyes. (“Wants your hair and eyes” sounds kind of terrifying).

    • emilyelizabeth January 18th, 2012 1:00 PM

      Aliya from New York, Looking for Alaska is one of my favorite books and i LOVE John Green. like everyone has said, Alaska’s not perfect, and i think John would not want you to compare yourself to her. I think he would want you and everyone else to love their noses, whatever size or shape they may be.

  • GagaMcQueen January 17th, 2012 11:16 PM

    I completly agree! Same with Margo in Paper Towns. John Green’s female characters are so beautiful they become unrealistic to others and mentally unstable. Lesson: treat beautiful women like humans and love your own nose! ;)

    • Cerise January 18th, 2012 12:40 AM

      “Lesson: treat beautiful women like humans and love your own nose! ;)”

      Good advice. I’m going to remember that.

  • missblack January 17th, 2012 11:19 PM

    Haha, ANDY SAMBERG. ( He’s dating Joanna Newsom!! Best couple ever!!)

    Little&Trivial

  • youngfridays January 17th, 2012 11:21 PM

    bowties are cool
    (sorry couldn’t help it)

    • Maialuna January 18th, 2012 12:54 AM

      And so are fezzes.

      • sarcasmbattle January 18th, 2012 1:24 AM

        and glasses

      • Lucy January 18th, 2012 1:31 AM

        don’t forget about glasses……..
        “Glasses are cool.”

        (Also, I have a HUGE nose that i sort of love. Besides, Andy Samberg has a big nose too and like missblack said he’s dating Joanna Newsom!!)

    • timelady January 18th, 2012 4:47 AM

      He wears stetsons now. Stetsons are cool.

      • Izzy January 19th, 2012 2:02 PM

        stetson’s are so very cool.
        I own one.
        With a red ribbon tied round it.

    • Agnees January 18th, 2012 7:18 AM

      I so totally thought the same thing! Bunkbeds are also very cool!

    • Cruicked January 18th, 2012 1:06 PM

      “I wear a stetson now. Stetsons are cool.”

      • Cruicked January 18th, 2012 1:06 PM

        I totally didn’t see that someone else commented that. I am an idiot.

      • caro nation January 18th, 2012 6:50 PM

        BUNKBEDS! ARE! COOL! A bed, WITH A LADDER!

  • PandaJane January 17th, 2012 11:52 PM

    Aliyah: I hope you get into loving your nose & whole self. I’m a girl who definitely appreciates a distinctive nose on guys & girls.

    Marie: I am sooooo glad you put my girl M.I.A. on there. it wasn’t until I saw her a few years back that I felt I had someone who I could identify with looks-wise/style-wise, and see my own beauty potential!

  • Mags January 17th, 2012 11:58 PM

    My nose is not small (I refuse to call it big :D), but I get lots of attention from guys/girls and lots of compliments on my looks. I used to hate it a lot, and sometimes it still makes me feel insecure, but mostly I am happy with the way that I look, and it’s never hindered me from anything in life. Would I be happier with a small(er) nose? I have no idea. But I’d rather have the nose I was born with and know that compliments from people are truly genuine, than go under the knife, that’s for sure. I’m positive that you’re gorgeous, and that your nose is not as “big/ugly” as you think.

    Some other gorgeous women with “big” noses:

    Gisele Bundchen (supermodel extraordinaire)
    Karen Mulder (also a supermodel)
    Jennifer Aniston
    Christina Aguilera
    Rita Hayworth (1940s screen siren)

    …and lots and lots of models.

  • Mags January 18th, 2012 12:07 AM

    Also, Cate Blanchett. Her nose is also not-small, and she is BEAUTIFUL!

    • Tavi January 18th, 2012 12:18 AM

      plus it made her more convincing as bob dylan and she was AMAZING in that role.

      • caro nation January 18th, 2012 6:49 PM

        SPEAKING of great noses, Bob has like, the most gorgeous schnoz.

  • stellar January 18th, 2012 12:24 AM

    if i got any surgery at all it was to ‘insure’ i wld not longer be harassed…big mistake!! the nitpickers, “perfection”-ists will still find u…and it’s about disrespect and their *own* insecurities, not necessarily your features.
    i miss my nose!!

  • Mags January 18th, 2012 12:47 AM

    Ok, two more and I promise I’ll stop.

    Cameron Diaz and Princess Diana, proud members of the not-small nose club, and smokin’ hot.

  • Maialuna January 18th, 2012 12:56 AM

    My friends have a weird obsession with my nose. I call it really big and Sicilian and then they call it “elegant.” As in that word has been used to describe it multiple times by different people.

    I don’t understand how noses CAN be elegant. It’s just cartilage and sinuses and skin and stuff.

  • anindita khrisna January 18th, 2012 1:18 AM

    gosh… i think there should be more post talking about insecurity like this. insecurity is an issue even for adult.

    i talk about insecurity in my blog too.

    http://www.aninditakhrisnamurti.blogspot.com/2011/12/am-i-beautiful.html

    i believe at the time i ACCEPTED my self completely, i forgot all my differences (i don’t call it imperfection). i’m just as beautiful as everyone else. it’s a long process. and i _in my mid twenties_is still learning.

  • EmilyD January 18th, 2012 1:19 AM

    Looking for Alaska is not a “good read” it’s one of the best books in the young adult genre. Alaska is not perfect, but Pudge, the narrator, thinks she is, which is part of why [that major plot point that I am not going to spoil] happens like it does. Please don’t try to be like Alaska. If you want to be like a Green girl, be like Hazel. Or better yet, be like none of them, be like you.

    • Cruicked January 18th, 2012 1:08 PM

      Oh my god. Hazel. Yes, be like Hazel. Or be like Augustus.

      • Hazel January 18th, 2012 3:57 PM

        Yeah guys, be like me! heheheehe

      • EmilyD January 20th, 2012 1:49 PM

        I think Augustus is the fictional character I would most like to be friends with of anything I’ve read for a long time.

  • Chimdi January 18th, 2012 1:21 AM

    MISFITS MISFITS MISFITS

    • Marie January 18th, 2012 12:34 PM

      YESSSS I MISS NATHAN THO

      • Cruicked January 18th, 2012 1:08 PM

        I really miss Nathan but I think Rudy is freaking hilarious, too.

  • norienoire January 18th, 2012 1:25 AM

    Ok, so I’m obviously not John Green, but I know that wasn’t his intent to idealize that nose-shape. Really, he’s just in the head of a hormonally janky teenage boy. Alaska could have had a pickle for a nose and Pudge would have thought it was gorgeous, you know? He put her up on a pedestal because he loved her. But never mind that brief analysis. If you’ve ever checked out the whole John/ Hank Green Nerdfighter community via their YouTube series VlogBrothers, their videos focus on nothing but positivity and embracing the individual. And as odd as it may seem to go to the source that made you feel kind of shitty in the first place, I really recommend it. It’s a great online community of wonderful (and incredibly smart) people that are as close to being as completely non-judgemental as humanly possible. I think you’d find it uplifting to say the very least.

    • Lucy M January 18th, 2012 2:12 AM

      To sort of elaborate on your comment: Alaska and Margo are both Manic Pixie Dream Girls, which is why the main characters think of them as perfect. But the whole theme of Paper Towns is that idolising someone like that is dangerous, and that the main character had been projecting his own fantasies onto Margo.

      • emilyelizabeth January 18th, 2012 1:04 PM

        in his book Paper Towns he writes “What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

        and seriously check out the Vlogbrothers!

    • cherrycola27 January 18th, 2012 11:46 PM

      Yes! Hoo ha Nerdfighters!! :)

      • TheAwesomePossum January 19th, 2012 5:59 PM

        Yes!! I was going to comment asking how many nerdfighters are here that read Rookie since John’s book was brought up, but I see that that has already been done. Anyway, moving on *continues scrolling*

        DFTBA (hehe)

  • Danielle Christine January 18th, 2012 1:42 AM

    This article is seriously inspiring. I never could’ve imagined how common it is to have nose not the size of a button. I hated my nose until one day on Tumblr where I saw a picture of a stunning model with a nose exactly like mine (If I remember correctly I reblogged it from Born in Flames), and the model looked so elegant and confident it made me love how I looked if I shared a feature with someone who seemed confident enough in how she looked. It put that little girl standing in front of the mirror pushing down her nose to shame!
    But anyways, this is fantastic.

  • Minna January 18th, 2012 3:51 AM

    Oh Marie I love you!!! Can you be my personal crisis solver always okay thanks great!
    I feel the same about my nose. It’s not big but prominent but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that with this prominence it also has spunk. I go to the paintings of Dante Rossetti for comfort because they have really strong features, like mouthes and eyes and noses and they’re all really angular in the face and don’t have traditionally balanced features and they are like the most beautiful women you’ll ever see. Google ‘Rossetti paintings’ and see for yourselves! :) :) :)

  • Agnees January 18th, 2012 4:52 AM

    Love this!

  • ellthemighty January 18th, 2012 5:03 AM

    I was always self-conscious about my nose ever since a guy in high school used to come up, grab it and go ‘honk!’ (before this, it didn’t occur to me to look at my nose critically). It stuck with me until I got it pierced and someone at uni said ‘I always wanted a nose piercing, but I don’t think I have a good nose for it like you do!’

    You never know what other people think :)

  • satelliteoflove January 18th, 2012 10:31 AM

    While not caring about your size is a wonderful sentiment, I think it’s very flawed for the author not to mention that there are VERY little clothing options out there for girls above a size 12. And the options that are out there are almost always more expensive than standard sizes. It is extremely hard to be stylish when you a) don’t have much money AND b) have the added misfortune of being above a size 12/14. Like, it’s cool to be all “Be yourself grrrrl…style doesn’t care about size!” but really, unless you have unlimited funds, or are an adept seamstress….it’s pretty patently false.

    • Marie January 18th, 2012 12:27 PM

      I have to disagree! There’s tons of blogs out there featuring girls size 12+ with great style! Although yes, the options for plus versus straight size is still not EQUAL, there are definitely more options than ever before. Look at the clothing shop ASOS! So many cute things there for plus size and inexpensive!

      • satelliteoflove January 18th, 2012 8:30 PM

        Also, if you are above a 14, tell me all your cheap fashion secrets….stat! :)

    • elizabethmarley January 18th, 2012 12:49 PM

      I also take issue with that response. I love that the tone is encouraging, but it really doesn’t address that there might be limited clothing options available for her.

      I always kind of forget about this because I’m small all over (except for my boobs? but it’s not even that bad) so it’s really easy for me to find things that fit. I went shopping with a close friend this weekend who is pretty much a “medium” but her chest is huge (for her size). Most things we tried on just wouldn’t get over her boobs and she was getting really upset after just a few stores. It was really hard watching her put back things she loved because they just didn’t fit. In a HUGE mall, there was almost nothing that fit her properly. And what did fit was way out of her budget.

      So, overall, I think the “do whatever you want, love what you wear, don’t worry about fitting in” tone is awesome, but I wish there had been more links to items that this girl might like to purchase.

    • taste test January 18th, 2012 3:09 PM

      I also have to agree with this response. I’m on the outer edge of plus-size, meaning most normal stuff is too small and most plus-size stuff is too big. The only plus-size store in the area where I can get fashionable stuff that might fit is expensive and an hour and a half away. I also don’t like buying online, so I’m pretty much locked into that one store’s definition of Cool Outfits. No experimenting-and-having-fun allowed here.

      I really need to shop at thrift stores more often and start drawing shit on white t-shirts. It’s my only option at this point.

      • satelliteoflove January 18th, 2012 8:24 PM

        Marie, are you above a 14? If not, then maybe try to listen to, and trust the word of people who are. You’re absolutely right, there are some amazing bloggers out there, who are above standard sizing, that have incredible style. But as lovely as the clothing on ASOS is (and it is….really!) it’s not “inexpensive”. To a lot of people inexpensive is the clearance rack at Old Navy. There’s always vintage, but the population’s size has increased over the years, and finding vintage pieces above a size 14 (which in today’s sizing would be more like a 10) is almost impossible. You have to remember that, based on tons of studies, the poorer you are the more likely you are to be above standard sizing…which means buying $65 dresses, stylish as they may be, is a luxury. You also have to keep in mind that a lot of people who don’t conform to the regular 2/4/6/8 sizing patterns have a REALLY hard time buying online. To interject the personal into this…I’m 5’2″ and wear a size 14/16 depending on the brand, but I have to try things on to see if they fit, because I’m apple shaped (which means I carry a lot of weight around the middle), and a lot of stuff makes me look like I’m about to drop a baby any second. The only jeans that fit me properly are from Lane Bryant’s “right fit” line, are a jillion dollars, and honestly…are not very stylish (especially for the price). Anyway if you really take a hard look at clothing above a size 14 you’ll see that the majority of it is priced higher, is usually cut very strange, and/or has weird 80′s school teacher appliques/bedazzling.

  • Georgie January 18th, 2012 12:26 PM

    People don’t always like my massive curly hair. But I just channel my inner eighties because I AM PROUD OF MY GIRL ‘FRO AND NO-ONE’S CHANGING THAT.

    • Marie January 18th, 2012 1:07 PM

      omg your hair sounds AMAZING!!!!!!

    • MissKnowItAll January 18th, 2012 9:17 PM

      ohmygod your like my hair soul sister!!

  • sneakybacon January 18th, 2012 12:36 PM

    in the kite runner the way amir describes soraya’s nose is what made me appreciate my nose shape, he made her sound so very beautiful – “I thought of Soraya Taheri’s sickle-shaped birth mark, her gently hooked nose and the way her luminous eyes held mine…”
    after i realised not to worry :)

    also AUDREY HEPBURN!?!

  • Cruicked January 18th, 2012 1:11 PM

    I already loved Rookie but after reading these comments and seeing that there are Misfits fans, Whovians and nerdfighters here makes it even more awesome.

  • puffytoad January 18th, 2012 1:55 PM

    Noses are so tied up with race and ethnicity. If someone comments on my nose I feel the extra burn of racism. I did not invent big noses! I think my ancestors for thousands of years looked like this okey dokey? kthxbye

  • KayKay January 18th, 2012 2:09 PM

    I used to hate my nose. Now I think it looks kind of like those noses on the people in Renaissance paintings, so I’m totally with it.

  • Runaway January 18th, 2012 3:47 PM

    I hated my nose for a very long time. It all started when I was 8. I was ‘best friends’ with a bully from that age till I was 13. She was the first one to notice my big, thin nose. The truth is that she’s been the only one so far, while she got shit from the other kids at school for having ‘a pig nose’. That’s why I love Marie’s advice and that link to Hairpin so much.
    I know it’s easier said than done, but, please, don’t let other people’s opinions about your looks affect you. I’m in my 20s now and I’ve found that when somebody has tried to insult me, it was ALWAYS a product of their own insecurities. It just has nothing to do with how you look or who you are. You can see that in the Hairpin piece; the same people that called her Ape Face ended up saying she was so pretty that she must be a model.
    Also, beauty can be so diverse. For example, I think that both the Japanese model Anna Tsuchiya (who has a delicate little nose) and M.I.A. (who has a bigger one) are two of the most gorgeous-looking people I’ve ever seen.

  • SuzieQ January 18th, 2012 4:44 PM

    I have an average nose, but I always thought that more prominent noses were beautiful. When I draw profiles I always include a bump on the nose, I think a strong nose just enhances your beauty.

  • Jakeline January 18th, 2012 6:05 PM

    Love the makeup tips, I think its worth looking into Urban Decay’s newest 24/7 eyeliner that is blacker than the blackest black, its called Perversion and I have heard very good things about it.

  • catiels January 18th, 2012 7:07 PM

    This is lengthy…

    When I was 12, I came into a new class and suddenly became the center of attention due to my “weird” nose – or rather two guys decided that my nose was not acceptable and relentlessly made fun of me with such eloquent terms as “horse nose” or “hunch nose”. 12-year-old me had a crush on one of them (they were the cool guys..) so this was mighty painful and made me accept my existence as a not pretty girl. Which was probably kind of good because as I didn’t have my looks to identify with, I had to look for something else – and was always occupied with something more or less artsy. Some years after my best friend accidentally broke my nose and for I was told a broken nose should hurt a lot more, I didn’t go see a doctor until three years after when my nose had successfully rotated about 20 degrees and a small bone was painfully peaking through my skin. The doctor I did finally see told me the only way to fix that was through surgery. Another doctor (not a plastic surgeon but an ENT) in a fancy schmancy neighborhood told me – after sitting in a 200 years old palace of a waiting room in between people dressed in Chanel – that my nose was horrible and even the most failed surgery couldn’t make that any worse. That was when I was 17 and I did end up getting it fixed – not without serious considerations and quite a tear spilled.
    In the surgery the back of my nose was taken out, the sides broken and shoved together, my face was bruised and swollen. When that subsided I went back to school – and nobody noticed. It was not a haircut or a new pair of jeans, my whol

    • catiels January 18th, 2012 7:08 PM

      e effing face was changed. And nobody noticed at all.
      I did though, and while it is embarrassing to admit, it gave me a lot more confidence and enabled me to worry about more important things, like my weight.
      I do like my nose now – which is still not tiny, not symmetrical – and I don’t regret the surgery, but I would not have had it if it weren’t for other than strictly aesthetical reasons. And in the end it didn’t change anything for there is always stuff to hate about yourself, if you really want to.

  • fizzingwhizbees January 18th, 2012 7:50 PM

    Ahhh who knew there were so many nerdfighters on Rookie?! This place gets better every day.

  • Kaetlebugg January 18th, 2012 8:10 PM

    two words: ADRIEN BRODYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  • maddzwx January 18th, 2012 10:51 PM

    Oh my god…I am totally nerding out about this…but Kelly from MISFITS!!! Thank you! I adore Lauren and of course Misfits and I don’t know why seeing that picture is making me so dorkily (it’s a word now) happy, but hey, I’m just gonna go with it. Now, I must go read the rest of the aritcle! ;)
    <3

  • amelia January 19th, 2012 2:38 AM

    ah, the nose thing. i’m italian and i remember when i first got into Sofia Coppola movies and started like finding pictures/ intervies of her and thinking, OH MY GOD, SHE LOOKS LIKE ME! it was a huge revelation; considering how gorgeous she was in the Godfather III (i know it wasnt a good movie, but anyway) i was pretty excited. the thing is, no matter how phony people say it is, finding a celebrity that you look like is always a little bit redeeming, flaws and all

  • bettybaroona January 19th, 2012 11:58 AM

    um, yes bob’s snoz!! totally and utterly ‘mazeballs! Down in aus, we build shrines for just about anything. (the giant banana, the big pineapple, giant shrimp ETC). I shall rally to build a shrine of bob dylan’s nose. I will keep you all suitably posted, it should be a great project.

    PS rookie- it’s called, don’t be so amazing. but definitely do.

  • bettybaroona January 19th, 2012 12:01 PM

    PS i also have a girl fro, georgie. Go with the ‘fro, my friend!

  • andrea January 19th, 2012 5:08 PM

    i reallly really REALLY wish my 15 yearoldself would read the big nose article and feel so good about her big nose, now im almost 20, a little late but i feel really really good, thank you guys :) really XD

  • Lurkingshadows January 19th, 2012 9:18 PM

    I agree with everyone on the whole Paper Town’s Margo thing. But after just reading The Fault in Our Stars, I agree that for anyone to stand as a role model it would be Hazel. Walking around with her oxygen cart, she stands strong and doesn’t let anyone have the better of her. :)

  • weepygonzales January 19th, 2012 11:48 PM

    Hey, this article kind of makes Looking For Alaska seem like a shitty book. Alaska was stereotypically “beautiful” on the outside, but on the inside she was a total chaotic brilliant mess. That was the point.

  • Jean January 21st, 2012 9:36 AM

    YES! WHOVIANS AND MISFITS FANS UNITE!

    Although I did think this was solely about Andy Samberg, too. When is his post coming? Maybe for next month’s theme…?!

    • Ellie January 23rd, 2012 4:04 PM

      WHOOOOOOOOOOVIAAAAAAAANS! *makes TARDIS noise*

  • Deb January 23rd, 2012 11:54 AM

    Where were you when I was a teen? I allowed my big nose to ruin my self-esteem. Then I married a man who actually adored ‘ethnic’ noses. Who knew there were such people? When I asked him what he would think if I got a nose job he said, “I’d kill you.” End of discussion. End of insecurity.

  • Filia-Zissy January 23rd, 2012 12:43 PM

    I like my nose. It’s a mixture of my parent’s noses: long (my dad) and round (my mum). What I’m more concerned about are my big teeth.

    http://ordinarypeopleadorable.blogspot.com/

  • Ellie January 23rd, 2012 4:02 PM

    NERDFIGHTERS! YAY! *gang symbol*
    John Green’s characters often idealize their love interests, much like we do in real life.
    (Yeah, Ellie, just repeat everything everyone else has already said just because you want to say something about nerdfighters.)

  • Roxxxanne January 23rd, 2012 6:28 PM

    Embrace yourselves. It can be harder than it sounds but it’s worth it. Plus there is no one who looks just like you how cool is that?
    Btdubs misfits has been a spiritual journey for me. I miss Nathan!

  • MissKnowItAll January 23rd, 2012 8:47 PM

    OHMYGOD!!!!
    SAMBERG SAMBERG SAMBERG SAMBERG!!!!!!
    (sorry, that was the only appropriate response I could fathom)

  • missmorgan February 16th, 2012 9:05 PM

    YES TO THE OUTFIT PREPARATION THE NIGHT BEFORE!! That has done miracles to the way I dress in the morning, since generally I roll out of bed with barely enough time to get anywhere with less than 2 minutes to spare.
    Now, I’m super prepared. And I plan cuter outfits… which is awesome.