TFW your self-worth hinges on your follower count.
Rejecting fatphobia and gaining confidence.
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.
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