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Beauty Redefined: 5 Ways to Celebrate Your Own Beauty

Nicole Smithee and bridal party

  I was 6 years old when a boy first made me cry.  He called me Plucky Duck on the playground in front of other kids, laughing over his own clever joke about my “big” lips.  I ignored him and kept playing with my friends as if nothing had happened, but later that evening I stared at my reflection in the bathroom mirror, biting my lips to make them appear smaller while holding back tears. I didn’t wear lipstick till…

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