I Blame Twiggy

It all started with Twiggy.

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You remember her right? The 60’s model who jump-started the pixie haircut trend…the style that left little girls like me (who had none of the natural feminine accessories we’d get until puberty) looking like boys?

Twiggy, iconic for her eyelashes, was the first in a long-lasting trend of ultra-thin, emaciated models that continue to warp our vision of what it means to be a beautiful woman today.

I don’t want to sound bitter, but there was more than one occasion when other kids asked, “Are you a boy or a girl?”  To be clear, I’m not talking about bullying here either.  It was a legitimate question.

I can’t speak for boys given the same situation, but as a girl, confident in her gender, that hurt.  But I’ve always said, “Pain builds character.”  That must be true, because I am often told I’m quite a character.

Are you a boy or a girl?

I’ll let you be the judge, but I can tell you this:  I am forever grateful for a God who saw the wisdom in creating the human body such that hair continues to grow.

Amen.

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