beauty is pain: photo collage

We feel the pain that can – unfortunately – accompany many definitions of “beauty.” You should not have to exist in pain simply to feel beautiful, but confidence is hard to build and often comes as a result of falling down or feeling invalidated by others.

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We hope you are able to reach out to important people in your life (relatives, teachers, therapists, friends) for messages of positivity and love. If you struggle with a condition or chronic pain, we hope you feel especially beautiful in your resilience and perseverance.

If you struggle with self image, eating disorders, or bodily harm, consider asking for professional help. You can also contact the National Eating Disorders Helpline at 1-800-931-2237 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.