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.
Zits leave annoying dark spots on my face, but I learned how to deal.
I didn’t hate my mole, just the attention it got.
And the world keeps spinning madly on.
Being OK is hard work.
Self-consciousness, self-image, self-worth, selfies.
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