Take me or leave me, this is how I look and who I am today.
I am not perfect and I don't fit society's standard of beauty.
I am bigger than what the dominant majority thinks I should be. And to make it worse, I dared to wear a two-piece bathing suit in PUBLIC and take a picture of it too. I don't have perfect teeth, you can see I have a little gap from not wearing my retainer years ago. My hair is frizzy. I have cellulite and dark undereye circles. I can't get a tan because I can't be in the sun without a hat and loads of sunblock because the Irish in me burns easily. The bottom line is, you don't have to be ok with how I look or who I am, but I am choosing to be. Because tomorrow I might decide to be smaller, or maybe I won't. I might dye my hair lighter or decide to never leave the house without makeup. Hell, I might even get some braces to fix my teeth. But I probably won't. And that's ok, because it's my choice and no one else's, even if they think it is.
In spite of all of those things, I am still the same Allie on the inside and I always will be. And guess what? I love her -- even in a bikini.