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View Poll Results: Do You Think You're Pretty?
Absolutely! 25 23.36%
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Um, sure 29 27.10%
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Old 06-15-2005, 12:35 PM   #81
 
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The thing that hurts is, I'm always told that I have "so much potential". "You would be STUNNING if you stood up straight, if you grew your hair out, if you didn't have acne, if you lost 70 pounds". Is that all I have? Potential. Do any of ya'll ever hear this??
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I live in an area with a high concentration of nyc suburb transplants, and I think that is where most of the snobbery comes from. I guess a lot of them can't help it because it is part of their "culture" and how they were raised. Where I grew up, people weren't nearly as bad.

What is that comment supposed to mean? Where do you get people from NYC were raised this way??? I sure as hell was not.
I *think* she means that places like NYC and California are more image-conscious than other parts of the country. I wouldn't call it snobbery, though. I just think we New Yorkers are on the cutting edge of fashion and culture, in general.
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I live in an area with a high concentration of nyc suburb transplants, and I think that is where most of the snobbery comes from. I guess a lot of them can't help it because it is part of their "culture" and how they were raised. Where I grew up, people weren't nearly as bad.

What is that comment supposed to mean? Where do you get people from NYC were raised this way??? I sure as hell was not.
I *think* she means that places like NYC and California are more image-conscious than other parts of the country. I wouldn't call it snobbery, though. I just think we New Yorkers are on the cutting edge of fashion and culture, in general.
That's how I took it too. *Generally* people in the midwest or in small towns in general don't give a rat's a@@ what people look like. NYC is a very style conscious town though (as evidenced by a lot of you here) and I'm sure a transplanted NYC native might take more notice of a person's appearance than a homegrown midwesterner... IN GENERAL.
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The thing that hurts is, I'm always told that I have "so much potential". "You would be STUNNING if you stood up straight, if you grew your hair out, if you didn't have acne, if you lost 70 pounds". Is that all I have? Potential. Do any of ya'll ever hear this??
Yep, the worst ever was 5 years ago, my ear/nose and throat doctor, whom I went to about a broken cheek bone, told me how lovely I'd be if I let him fix my nose. Um, focus please, I have a broken cheek bone!!!
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Old 06-15-2005, 01:46 PM   #85
 
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That's how I took it too. *Generally* people in the midwest or in small towns in general don't give a rat's a@@ what people look like. NYC is a very style conscious town though (as evidenced by a lot of you here) and I'm sure a transplanted NYC native might take more notice of a person's appearance than a homegrown midwesterner... IN GENERAL.
Okay. I guess I took that the wrong way. But even if some people are more fashion conscious, that does not give them the right to hurt people and be mean.
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Yep, the worst ever was 5 years ago, my ear/nose and throat doctor, whom I went to about a broken cheek bone, told me how lovely I'd be if I let him fix my nose. Um, focus please, I have a broken cheek bone!!!
How nice and professional of him. That reminds me of all the plastic surgery shows on television.. they go in to get their nose done and end up being convinced by the doc to have new boobs, lipo, botox, etc. etc. Ridiculous.
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Old 06-15-2005, 03:28 PM   #87
 
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i voted not really. i don't think i have a conventional look. my hair had a lot to do with poor self-image growing up. my mom once said to me when i had my hair wrapped in towel turban style 'you don't look so ugly when your hair is covered' i think i've aged pretty gracefully and now i'm much more comfortable with my looks. i believe its really true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. i've had a number of people tell me i'm beautiful, and at least an equal number who have either said, or somehow given the impression, that i certainly am not.
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Old 06-15-2005, 03:35 PM   #88
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The thing that hurts is, I'm always told that I have "so much potential". "You would be STUNNING if you stood up straight, if you grew your hair out, if you didn't have acne, if you lost 70 pounds". Is that all I have? Potential. Do any of ya'll ever hear this??
Yep, the worst ever was 5 years ago, my ear/nose and throat doctor, whom I went to about a broken cheek bone, told me how lovely I'd be if I let him fix my nose. Um, focus please, I have a broken cheek bone!!!

That is bad. Reminds me of when my mum had to see a nurse, and the nurse was looking at her legs (she was supposed to be doing that) and said that my mum had nice slim ankles but really big calves.
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Old 06-15-2005, 09:33 PM   #89
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...Not to say that there aren't jerks where I'm from or near where I'm from (even in my family).

There are a lot of cultural differences between what goes on downstate and here. I wasn't really talking about NYC, but more Fairfield, some of Westchester, Long Island, etc...Not that there aren't a lot of nice people there, but there are a LOT of people with attitudes that I have never encountered before. Countless others who live farther north in NY say very similar things, and I didn't know what they were talking about until I experienced it myself.

Yes, you could say there is a higher concentration of let's say...image-conscious...people down there...and I am basing this comment on a broad range of experience over a long period of time...not just a few isolated incidents. It is okay to care about what you look like, and have nice things, but it is quite another to judge others harshly (and be serious about it) who don't have what you have.

There are cultural differences all over the US. Cali and NY aren't Texas or Alabama...and North Carolina isn't Oregon...and you probably wouldn't confuse them if you knew them.

Eh, now I'm sorry I mentioned it. There are jerks everywhere...who cares where they're from.
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Old 06-15-2005, 10:23 PM   #90
 
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I'd say I'm a 6 or 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 but 5 or 6 when I'm tired. I've really got to get more sleep!! I'm in good shape for 40-something but still wish I had bigger breasts. Guess I always will.

I passed a woman on the street today who was very pretty, slim, fashionable, probably 23, who had this look like she knew she was hot and I found it offputting. I wondered what kind of reaction she gets from the world. She looked totally unapproachable but she's probably more friendly to men than women. I also wondered how one cultivates that kind of attitude, where it comes from. I can't imagine people warm up to her very easily. This from a 3 second pass-by.
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Old 06-16-2005, 07:30 AM   #91
 
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I said yes. I was raised with much more emphasis on brains than beauty, but I think my parents went a little overboard with that--it doesn't hurt to tell your kids they are smart AND atttractive once in awhile. I grew up feeling like I didn't always look my best and it took a lot of trial and error to find out what works for me.

I have very nice skin and people often think I am much younger than I actually am. I know that will work in my favor as I age. I also get a lot of compliments on my smile and my hair when it behaves I have a few body flaws (mainly my legs, but I have a nice hourglass shape and while I will never be slim, I know how to work with what I have.
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Old 06-16-2005, 07:40 AM   #92
 
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I thought I was a hideous troll when I was younger. In college and after, I slowly came to realize that was not true. I will never be classically "pretty" but I think I can look striking and damn good sometimes.

I kind of regret not cluing in sooner. I look back at pictures of myself in HS and college and my body was pretty darn smokin' but I thought I was a hideous troll and spent way too much time hiding in big black punk rock T-shirts. I'm still in decent shape, but the years, the baby and the gravity have taken their toll.

Overall I am happy with my appearance. I have learned not to measure myself against what I am not and will never be, and also learned how to appreciate and make the most of what I do have.
Well I met you and I think you're beautiful. You look like Helena Bonham Carter - but not in the freaky Fight Club way.
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Old 06-16-2005, 09:00 AM   #93
 
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Thank you, riley.

(Who is pretty damn smokin' herself)
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Honestly..I think I'm HOT SH*T!

Ditto!
Except for those days when I'm PMS bloated and I sometimes gain a pound or two.
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Old 06-16-2005, 09:27 AM   #95
 
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Hmmmmm, depends on the day.
I have defn gotten better looking as I've aged.

I have traditional pretty features...blonde hair, blue eyes, skinny/small. I despise my skin and my erratic hair (kinda curly, kinda, wavy, kinda straight). If I don't put a little makeup on or do my hair I think I look "bleh". But overall, I'm happy and probably considered cute.
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