Listen, I know that in ideal world I would just love myself exactly how I am. But I don't live in an ideal world and, truth be told, there are several things about the way I look that I don't like at all. I understand that my dislikes about my appearance can be seen as insecurities, a sign of weakness, and that I shouldn't be influenced by what society dictates in terms of beauty. While I agree with those statements, the thing is that my dislike for certain body parts of mine has nothing to do with insecurities created by some sort of anti-feminist ideal of what beautiful is supposed to look like.

I consider myself a pretty strong and secure woman who more often than not doesn't give a hoot what anybody else thinks or says about me. So the things I don't like about my appearance are just that: things don't like--regardless of what anybody else says or thinks--and I've no problem admitting it

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5 Things I HATE about my body that I would change in a second:

  1. My nose: I've pretty much hated it all my life and I wish I'd had the money to get a nose job when I was younger because I feel like now it's too late and I'm too old for a drastic change in look like that.
  2. My teeth: I know this is fixable with braces, but I really can't fathom justifying the cost--since my dental insurance doesn't cover it-- when I have so many other priorities.
  3. My thighs: I've always had large thighs and since I'm very short I feel like they've always stood out even more. Sadly, the older I get, the worse they get, even with exercise.
  4. My height: Speaking of being short, that's another thing I don't like about myself. At 5 feet 2 inches tall, I've always been unhappy about being the shortest one in the room.
  5. My C-section scar: Although this is hidden from most of the world, again, this has nothing to do with what others think. I just don't like it because I have a keloid scar that itches like crazy and it's dark red and bumpy.

I know this list makes me sound super vain and superficial, but I'm just being honest. In the end, none of it is the end of the world. I've lived with (most) my imperfections for 39 years and I'm not depressed or sad about them... I just wish I could change them. 

What about you? If you feel like sharing, please leave us a comment below. 

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Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor of MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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SEA0701

OK even tho I love myself very much, if this change came for me to change a few thing i would change....

1. My Height to 5.5

2. Breast size to a "C" cup

3.Shoe size to 7

4. More Hips

5.Hazel green Eyes 

1MrsR...

I'm with you with the nose but I dont really care now.

I need to whiten my teeth, hopefully next year (I just got my braces removed & am still on retainers).

I actually like having big thighs, I just want them more firm.

I am 5'0" & its egh, sometimes I wish I was taller. 

Stretch marks I wish there was something that could zap em & be not too expensive. They're light but the texture is just gross, and even if I loose the baby fat I would never be 100# satisfied with my tummy :(

Mmmm.. I think I'd be nice to go up a cup size to have close more nicely fitted

More filled lips? 

I don't think it's being vain, its being honest, if somebody said they wouldnt want to change not 1 thing theyd be lying ! There's a different btw wanting to, & making it your number 1 priority.

Ultra

I can understand all your points except for height. WHY do you not like being 5' 2"!? I am also 5'2" and I LOVE it. I think it's the perfect height. I thought you were going to say you were 4'11" or something. Or maybe that you were 5'10".  I also want braces for my teeth. I had them as a kid, but they didn't do it right and we found out years later as they were going crooked again. Now, I'm so paranoid. I also hate the size. They're too big. I want them a TINY bit smaller, but not too much because I have a huge smile and I don't like being all teeth, but I don't want to be all guns either. Before kids, I guess I had the perfect body for me. Now, I just want it back. My eyes are different sizes when I smile. :\

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