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It took years for me to learn to love it. I was about 9 years old when my nose started to grow from its doll-like form into the large facial outcrop it is now. Right about the same time, the mockery began. A boy named Danny called me Pinocchio for a whole summer.
Add that to all the mean-ass kids on the playground who called out honker, schnoz, horse, beak, snout, Gonzo, Ringo, or pelican as I passed and I was soon aware that I wore an acute abnormality in the middle of my face.
For the majority of my preteen and teen years, I felt overshadowed by my nose. Eventually I realized I had a warped self-image; when I looked in the mirror, I focused regretfully at the crazy nose gifted me, but when others looked at me, they saw the whole package—my brown eyes, my big smile, my wild hair.
More than that, they saw my confidence, my passion, my intelligence. Basically, I realized that it was all in my head.
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I thought my nose was ruining the whole package that is me when in fact, it served to enhance it. In the affluent New York suburb where I spent my formative years, lots of girls got nose jobs. It was not uncommon for Jessica or Jennifer to leave in June with a long, curved nose and return from summer vacation with a small, straight one. The pressure to have a petite nose stems from the same place as the pressure to be thin—a narrow ideal of beauty. We all know how the media and fashion worlds fail to represent a variety of body types.
Well, the same can be said for noses. Our society seems to consider the most attractive nose as perky, small and upwardly sloped. Everyone has the right to alter their appearance if it makes them feel better about themselves; I advocate for personal choice.
But I also advocate for big noses. Noses are the first thing you put forth and often the first thing people notice. A big nose is regal, sexy, elegant, striking, strong, memorable, arresting, and unique.
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Here are eight reasons to love your big nose. I prefer more descriptive terms when talking about prominent noses, such as long, classic, wide, aquiline, thin, pointed, curved, Roman, broad, bulbous, hawk, you get the point. At least it sounds more interesting, which is the point. Conventionally pretty is overrated. Anyone can be pretty with enough engineering. Interesting is more than just dyeing your hair pink or getting a septum piercing. Interesting requires genes.
An interesting beauty stands out from the crowd. I dare to claim that not just the nose is interesting, but the whole entire person.
If you have a big nose, you have probably been told this on various occasions by do-gooders who thought they were paying you a compliment. But the same can be said for Gargamel or Elmo. On the other hand, growing up with a behemoth schnoz and feeling down about your looks probably forced you to develop an outstanding personality to make up for it.
But, put it to test.
Before & after
We may have guffawed at the idea of inner beauty in our younger years, but with maturity, we know it to be true. Beauty is about the way you feel about yourself, which is reflected in the way you carry yourself. Looks will always take second to a great personality. With confidence, I could make a third-degree burn look good. Having a big nose gives me the opportunity to embrace my uniqueness, like a tropical fish or a white tiger.
In many cultures, big noses are a of wisdom or prosperity and people would never even consider altering them. In Japan, if someone tells you that you have a big nose, they are paying you a compliment.
I have never considered getting a nose job. I can thank my mom for that. I have her nose.
And, my mom, though she may not realize it, is beautiful. Growing up, I wanted to be like her. My father and his mother also have handsome honkers. When she smiled, her whole face lit up and the tip of her nose curved over her lip. Her beauty was radiant.
To change it would be to disrespect who I am and how I came to be. Just look at art. In ancient Rome, the long sculpted nose was most revered. Check out the Greek sculpture of the goddess Athena. Even goddesses were glorified with large distinct noses.
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