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Big Brown African Lips

“Pay no attention to bullies, show off your big brown African lips with pride.”

By Fiona Teddy-JimohPublished 3 years ago 1 min read
Big Brown African Lips
Photo by Prince Akachi on Unsplash

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.

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About the Creator

Fiona Teddy-Jimoh

Finding innovative ways to connect creative writing with technology in order to deliver an immersive digital experience.

My name is Fiona Teddy-Jimoh and welcome to my world.

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