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Ashley Paterno, 27, Long Island, NY

8 days ago   |   By Refinery29

This year, as part of our Take Back The Beach program, we are asking YOU to tell us about your experiences with body talk and self-perception. Below, one reader's story. "You Aren't What I Would Call Pretty" There we were, sitting in our 7th grade current events class, and Jennie* had decided that destroying my self-esteem and body image would be the current event du jour. "Ashley, you aren't what I would call pretty," she said. Reading my face, she slowly choked out, "...you are kind of cute." My palms started sweating, and my face turned beet red. My mind started racing through my flaws...
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Gina Zammit, 34, Norwalk, CT

8 days ago   |   By Refinery29

This year, as part of our Take Back The Beach program, we are asking YOU to tell us about your experiences with body talk and self-perception. Below, one reader's story. "You Don't Have A Weight Problem, But Look At How Many Calories That Has!" This phrase was uttered by an employee of a weight-loss supplement company. It was my first internship, and I was just 18 years old. This man was one of my superiors, and he was astounded at my "questionable" choice of a Gatorade as an afternoon pick me up. This was not the first time that an adult had commented on my weight. A year prior, a...
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