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Was Fatphobia the Solely Cause I Ever Needed to Have Lengthy Nails?


I considered each nail polish commercial I’ve ever seen and the way the fashions’ fingers normally look in them. They’re at all times small-palmed with slender fingers and normally lengthy, rounded nails. The fashions’ faces and our bodies aren’t normally seen, however that doesn’t matter; my mind at all times fills within the gaps with photographs of white women with flat stomachs and thighs that don’t contact and nearly zero buccal fats. I mechanically, subconsciously need a physique like theirs.

Fuck. It was the internalized fatphobia once more, wasn’t it?

Positive, rounded shapes and lengthy, slender traces are naturally interesting to the attention. Desirous to have lengthy nails or just fingers that look good doesn’t mechanically imply you’re internally fatphobic (although you may need to suppose on it for a second to make certain). However for me, personally, that’s been the kicker all alongside. I can mission my concern of being perceived as fats onto each final element of my being with out even realizing it. I knew this to be true concerning the unfastened pores and skin below my chin that the web desires me to Gua Sha away, or my lifelong concern of brief haircuts which may spotlight the roundness of my face—however I used to be stunned to appreciate I had been making use of that to my fingers and nails, too.

However it all is smart. My highschool promenade was the primary and final time I experimented with a sq. nail form as a result of I made a decision lengthy, rounded nails make my fingers look thinner. And I don’t need to draw consideration to my fingers with rings if I don’t suppose they look skinny. As a result of regardless of all of the self-acceptance I’ve achieved, there’s nonetheless an inkling of longing deep inside me to be skinny. As a result of I’ve been educated to concern fatness in methods I want I didn’t. And concern of any type, particularly the concern of being judged for who you’re and what you appear like, is the world’s best motivator.

Since coming to this realization just a few weeks earlier than scripting this story, that motivation to do metaphoric again bends for the maintenance of lengthy nails has already began waning. I haven’t sworn off lengthy nails totally (I might by no means totally quit the pleasant clacking sound they make) however I haven’t had the will to treatment on a set of sentimental gel nail extensions in any respect—for occasions, date nights, and so on., I’ve been utilizing extra momentary alternate options like brief press-ons. My means to assuage the anxieties that trigger me to fuss over my nails within the first place has been rising.

woman's left hand with short silver chrome nails

Nicola Dall’Asen

photo of woman's hand with short blue nails

Nicola Dall’Asen

It truly turns out to be useful (ha) to have huge, sturdy palms and fingers. There’s a cause I used to be actually good at principally each sport I ever tried in my teenagers. I can carry my cellphone, keys, pockets, sun shades, and water bottle in a single hand, no drawback. I’ve a very enjoyable social gathering trick that immediately emasculates over-confident bros at bars (making bets to see whose hand span is wider). And when my boyfriend and I maintain fingers, it feels balanced and seamless as a result of they’re the identical measurement. I don’t want my fingers to be small, skinny, or dainty in any respect. After I take into consideration all these issues I simply stated, I understand I do not need them to be.



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