Melissa / Toronto / 01.27.15
My issues with my body stemmed from the ideologies of others on who I'm supposed to be. If you're half black and half white you're expected to look as such. But really what is that? I was once told I "came out the wrong colour" because I was darker, as if that was meant to be an insult. I love my dark skin, the tan lines I get when I've spent the whole day outside, the build of my body, the texture of my hair. But it took a while for me to be ok with my opinion. I am a product of both of my parents, I am because they are and I embrace them equally. In a world where people choose to see in black and white, I choose to be other.