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10/10/13

Double Chins Are Fierce

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For years, I didn't think anyone else had a double chin. None of the girls in Seventeen had one. Liv Tyler didn't fucking have one. None of the Delia catalog models had a double-chin. Then the internet came about. Yes, I didn't grow up with the internet like some of you babies. It wasn't long before I was taking selfies for Myspace, making sure to maintain the illusion that I had only one chin. High angles and jutting out my jaw were my tricks and I pushed down the shame. The shame and hate that I had towards how my pudgy chins and round jaw line looked in real life.

Along with being able to place library books on hold and email my friends, the internet brought us body shame and a new way to either hide or flaunt our features. Since the dawn of selfies, I grew and found appreciation for my double chin. I started seeing my body and face for what it actually looked like in real life and not how high I could hold my camera phone. I became familiar with the curves of my neck and jowl. How it squishes when I smile. The way it jiggles when I move and sometimes grows a long dark hair.

It took seeing other double chins on fat bodies and realizing that I saw beauty in theirs, so I could see it in my own. I challenged myself to take photos with my double chin showing in all it's glory. I swallowed my shock when I saw family photos with all my "worst" angles. The shock started to disappear the more I let go of my dream world where my chin was sharp like Paris Hilton's.

So, rock that double chin! Let it be part of your face and treat it like the adorable accessory that it is. Say goodbye to those chin-hiding ninja moves! Your chin is fucking awesome in all it's glory and power. Triple chins, hairy chins, scarred chins, pointy, round and no-chins!

25 ♥ COMMENTS ♥:

Bine Button said...

Love the text. And the picture is wonderful!
♥ Bine

Katrin said...

Lovely illustrations, as always and what a great topic.
My double chin is still one of the rare parts that I feel uncomfortable with, even if it gets better and I am not constantly hiding under scarfs ... But it really tool some time till I got there!

Callie said...

Even after all this time on this body positive journey, starting my blog and being more brave with clothes my double chin still makes me dreadful and I HATE that. It's like I have accepted my whole body except my face as being fat I don't get it, although I am trying. I too tried to angle my picture to avoid my chin! I am actively going to work on this so thank you Double chin for the win! xx

Eve said...

I love that print; it's adorable!

Fantastic, lovely post. It's the first time I've seen someone write on double-chins, and I think it's so important that you did.

Amber Henry said...

Love this post!! Callie is right....Double chin for the win!

Becky Bedbug said...

I love you! I'm such a sucker for the "no-double-chin-angle". I'm going to try to just get over it!


Becky
xx

Haley Peter said...

Thank you for always making me feeling like I'm not the only one!

Leah (Just Me Leah) said...

YASS! YASS! YASS! YASS! I used to HATE my chins until one day I found an old photo of myself where I was emaciated, bones out all over the place and guess what? I still had a fucking double chin! From that day on I saw myself in a different light. It's the way my face IS. Some days at certain angles I dislike it, but then I stroke them and ohmygawd they make velvet feel like sandpaper. Seriously, people should stop stroking their cats and just come stroke me. HA!

Leah (Just Me Leah) said...

P.S. Were it ever in ANY doubt, you rock....like as much rock as Mt. Everest.

Natalie Mulford said...

<3

Avery said...

One of the surest things to draw my eyes to fat women has been their smiles, and the double-chin is a big part of this. When I have the pleasure of seeing a joyful round face with all the dimples, it's like, yeah, it's all good.

One of my poems speaks to this:

It pours forth, advancing outwards,
Taking up all available space,
Leaving no room for despair.

Like a buttery wave it rises,
Then begins to roll,
Half a whisper, half a roar,
Finally washing upon the shore,
Knocking down and dragging under
All that stands against it.

Like jelly made of gold it flows,
Thick and lustrous, how it glows,
Irresistable its guile,
Washing all bitter thoughts away.

It is the big sweet lovely smile
The chubby girl showed me today.

bianca said...

I really enjoyed this! I learned recently that the name for double chins is 'bucula'. I thought it was kind of beautiful.

Rachele said...

I love when other languages have specific words for something that is perceived as negative in English!

Rachele said...

We are the cutest and softest with our double chins!

Rachele said...

You have the most adorable double chin! I think my favorite photos of you are where I can see it.

Rachele said...

Even if you hate it, that's okay too. Just being comfortable with the fact that you have it will make it easier to let go of that love/relationship you can have with the way you look.

Rachele said...

Good to hear! You are kick-ass.

Rachele said...

I know all about it ;)

Janine Ella Anongos said...

This is sooo inspiring! I also have a double chin and it has always been a "liability" to me! I really get insecure to those who doesn't have one and have a perfect face shape. But thanks to this I got inspired! I love my double chin! :)

ayesha ahmad said...

I don't like my double chin! But here's a new outlook to it! Thanks

Ayesha
definingayesha.blogspot.in

Jo said...

I think these double chin things come with age too. I swear I didn't have one at 31, now Im 32 its there, staring back at me like the fucking devil.

Crackwhore 9000 said...

Have you lost your damn mind? Never mind. I don't need your deniable answer.

#FatAndHappy said...

Wow wow and WOW!
I was one of those girls who'd lift my phone so high that my wobbly chin would no longer be visible..but now, I'm just feeling guilty for not lovin' my chinny-chin!

Dawson Jordan said...

so you had really limited contact with other humans outside of girl magazines before the internet?

I_Don't_Understand said...

I don't get fat acceptance. Why settle for a fat and unhealthy body when you can exercise and become fit? Why not strive for the highest level of physical fitness?


I'm not trolling, nor do I hate fat people. I'm just asking.

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