The Ugly Truth

The Ugly Truth, from Elle magazine, August, 2012

Ann Bauer writes a poignant, sometimes painful to read article in August’s ELLE magazine. In it, she describes a life of feeling ugly and being treated poorly because of her unconventional (for the U.S.) looks. I highly recommend everyone read it, and here’s why. Regardless of your actual definition of beauty, the actual way features are arranged on your face, your height, weight, age, absence or presence of wrinkles and flab… there are times in everyone’s life where we feel we don’t belong, that we’re not conventional, that all eyes are on us and not in a good way. To me, this is the basis of diversity and inclusion – that we approach everyone as if they fit in no matter how they look. Bauer concludes her stark and honest story with the realization that it’s true, after all – beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. So are differences, and so are similarities. Let’s get on with clarifying our focus.

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About Jaya Koilpillai Bohlmann
Global corporate communication, business, and organization behavior executive; author. My blog, DesigningCommunication, offers inspiration, insight, and tips for all professionals who want to express themselves effectively, and lead with integrity.

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