I didn’t want to be ridiculed, and I was suppressing myself because of it.
I strengthened my girlhood while curating it in a world that questioned it.
Procrastination, counting zits, and a Netflix daze.
Feeling like something is missing.
I don’t need to look “good” to be worthy of basic respect.
Sometimes I like attention from strangers.
Finding our footing, figuratively and literally.
Why do people expect me to dress the same way every day, without fail?
Rei Kawakubo pushes me to be my full freak self at all times.
August’s theme is DESIRE. For details on how to send us your work, please read our Submit page. ✴
Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here, and find out how to submit your work here!