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  • I always thought people were so cute when they have the little cheeks and they're like rosy, but mine are pretty plain

  • If I was going to change one feature about my face I would say that I would want fuller lips.

  • I am definately a person that looks tired and when I'm tired and when people say that I'm immediately like:" Oh, man ".

  • I'm starting to already get a little of crows feet and stuff which is like my mom has, so.. yeah.

  • I'm a forensic artist, I was trained at the FBI academy in 1993 in composite art.

  • I worked for the San José police department as the police artist from 1995 to 2011.

  • We didn't really know what we were doing so that was nerve racking for everyone.

  • I 've showed up to a place I've never been and walked into this big warehouse

  • and at the very end was a guy with his back to me with drafting board.

  • I had a curtain separating me so that I don't see them.

  • We'll begin.

  • First of all, tell me about your hair.

  • Hum... brown , long. I guess a little bit passed my shoulders.

  • Your jaw?

  • My mom always told me I had a big jaw.

  • Yeah, they are brown eyebrows, dark brown eyebrows.

  • I didn't know what he was doing but then I could tell after several questions that he was drawing me.

  • Tell me about your chin.

  • I guess I never really compared to anyone else's chin but, especially when like, I smile I just feel like it protrudes a little bit.

  • What would be your most prominent feature?

  • I kind of have a fat rounder face.

  • The older I've gotten the more freckles I've gotten.

  • We sort of realized: Oh, man, now I have to talk about myself and think about my looks.

  • I'm forty, so I'm starting to get a little bit of the crows feet thing going on.

  • Once I get their sketch, I say "thank you very much "and then they leave. I don't see them.

  • I still didn't know. All I have been told before the sketch was to get friendly with this other woman, Chloe.

  • Today I'm gonna ask you some questions about the person you met earlier,

  • and I'm gonna ask you some general questions about their face.

  • She was thin, so you could see her cheek bones.

  • And her chin was a nice thin chin.

  • The women were really critical about moles or scars or things like that.

  • And yet they were describing just a normal beautiful person.

  • She had nice eyes. They light up when she spoke and were very expressive.

  • The length of the nose, what is that like?

  • Short

  • Short?

  • Yeah, cute nose.

  • Her face was fairly thin.

  • She had blue eyes, very nice blue eyes.

  • Ok!

  • So, this is your self described image, and then somebody else described you like in this sketch.

  • I have this whole thing about having dark circles and crows feet around my eyes

  • and that was not part of the sketch at all, that the stranger did.

  • The stranger was a little more like, gentle.

  • It's pretty different..

  • It's just very strange....

  • She looks closed off and fatter.

  • She just looks kind of shut down, sadder too.

  • The second one it's more beautiful.

  • Do you think they are catching more from you?

  • Yeah... yeah.

  • She looks more open and friendly and happy.

  • I've come a long way in how I see myself, but I think I still have some way to go.

  • I have some work to do in myself.

  • Do you think you're more beautiful than you say?

  • Yeah. Yeah... yeah.

  • Chloe's perception was so, so clearly different.

  • Her picture looked like somebody I thought I would want to talk to and be friends with, like a happy, light, much younger, much brighter person.

  • It's troubling. I should be more grateful of my natural beauty.

  • It impacts the choices and the friends that we make, the jobs we apply for, how we treat our children... It impacts everything.

  • It couldn't be more critical to your happiness.

  • Our self perceptions are generally kind of harsh

  • and unbecoming when really that's not how the world sees us.

  • We spend a lot of time as women, analyzing and trying to fix the things that aren't quite right

  • and we should spend more time appreciating the things that we do like.


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I always thought people were so cute when they have the little cheeks and they're like rosy, but mine are pretty plain

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    Barjeck Go posted on 2013/04/20
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