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Google: “Am I Pretty?”

8100.  That’s the average number of times “Am I Pretty?” is searched on Google every single month.  Having six sisters, I’ve heard that question a few times myself.  A few too many times.

Why it happens
In a world full of airbrushing, plastic surgery, bleached hair, and bleached teeth it’s no wonder women constantly look at themselves with a critical eye.  Even worse is being told by a lover or spouse that they aren’t enough.  The lie is that there is some magical standard they should live up to and if they could only just get there…wherever there is…life would be better.

When asked to write a post for Heart Stories I gladly accepted.  I remember the first time I saw the HeartStories video.  Emotion welled up within me and choked my throat.  I started calling to mind the strongest women I know who even at their very best have had those emotionally …

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We all have a story to tell.

A few months ago I experienced something most writers dream about: I wrote a blog post that went viral. Not just viral in my social network – viral on an international scale. Viral on a “Holy crap, Rosie O’Donnell just tweeted me and how the heck do I want to respond to this interview request from the Italian media” scale. It was a bit overwhelming to say the least.

If I’m being perfectly honest, it happened by accident, not by design. I, like thousands of other people, read some comments allegedly made by Abercrombie + Fitch’s CEO several years ago that had resurfaced in a media story. For whatever reason, the story inspired me to sit down and get honest – in a very public forum – about a struggle I barely speak about even with those closest to me: my struggles with weight and body image.

As I mentioned in the original …

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