I don’t ever wanna be

‘She’s so pretty’ they say, wishing they looked like her

I look over and shake my head

If that’s what it means to be ‘pretty’, then I don’t ever wanna be.

Fake tan, fake nails and hair extensions, 

Fake lashes, eyebrows and cheekbones fashioned using makeup

 A face full of makeup

‘She’s so confident in herself’ they say, wishing  they were like her

But she isn’t. 

She isn’t confident in herself 

What she’s confident in is the image she’s  created of herself

Her body is no longer her own

Her confidence drawn from material products

Not from the beauty within

Commodified

Like everything in this world

And if that’s what it means to be ‘confident’ in oneself, then I don’t ever wanna be.

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