I was bullied because of my big brown African lips.
I went home and looked in the mirror.
I wondered why it wasn’t shaped like the other girls.
Big brown African lips.
I hated it.
Sometimes, I sucked my lips in to hide the shape,
Or wear red lipstick to hide the colour.
I pouted in pictures like the other girls.
I wanted to be accepted,
But they came for my self-confidence instead.
I went home and cried to my mum.
She kissed me on the forehead with her big brown African lips and said:
“Pay no attention to bullies, show off your big brown African lips with pride.”
She wiped my tears and said:
“They are just green with envy.”
She was right.
Half these girls now pay hundreds for lip fillers,
While I show off my big brown African lips with pride.