As with so many women, my relationship to the trappings of beauty changes every day. And from the first time I read a tooth criticism online, I developed the habits of the suddenly self-conscious, pursing my lips at inopportune times like I’d just sucked down half a lemon.
What if the whiteness of my new teeth doesn’t match the rest of my face— freckled, uneven, and often makeup-free? Will it be the equivalent of a heavy-handed spray tan on someone who refuses to leave their Maui hotel room? And, perhaps most pressing, how good will this really make me feel?
I feel deeply that it is our differences that unite us; that it is the strange details of our faces that make us so totally human. If the mouth is a third window to the soul, then I want mine to look like someone has punched their way through it in a mad rageI will continue on: beaver-toothed, yellowed, enraging the internet one post at a time with a smile only a mother could love.
First of all, we all get crepey everywhere. There is a cream that has my name attached to it that is the number one best-selling cream in America called Crepe Erase. Sometimes if I am on telly, I will sometimes tape my neck. The other trick if I want to look younger, I wear a wig.
On never getting plastic surgery or Botox:
A lot of people think when you are in Hollywood you have to have everything done, Botox and whatever. It’s not as I am against anyone doing it, I think it is fantastic and when it is done well, great. I am an actress and I believe I need my mouth, my face and my thrown, everything has to move. If it doesn’t move I can’t play the characters, the emotions. I just feel that I am pretty comfortable in my owns skin.
Shannon Purser says she’s been at “war” with her body since age 11 – but she’s making improvements.
The actress, who played Barb on Stranger Things and is in the new show Rise, called out the body shamers on social media who are only making her self-esteem issues worse.
Purser, 20, tweeted honestly about her insecurities on Tuesday.
“Please do not ever make comments about my weight or tell me that I look good or bad because of it. I look good now. I am happy. I don’t need you to approve my body. Thanks,” she wrote. Purser added later that she’s been at “war” with her self-image since her middle school years.
“My war with my body started at age 11 and soon all I wanted was to be thin. I’ve struggled with that insecurity almost every day since,” she said. “I still have bad days, but I’m much better now. I hope one day we’ll learn to be kind to our bodies and teach our kids to do the same
She also offered to talk with her followers about confidence and self-esteem – but warned them against criticism.
“That being said, if you ever wanna have a discussion about body positivity – I’m all ears! I just prefer not to hear comments about my body, even if they’re well-intentioned,” she said.
On her decision to stay with fiancé, Offset, after allegations of cheating:
“It’s like everybody is coming down my neck like, ‘Why are you not leaving him? You have low self-esteem.’ I don’t have low self-esteem… I know I look good. I know I’m rich, I know I’m talented. I know I could get any man I want—any basketball player, football player. But I want to work out my sh*t with my man, and I don’t got to explain why. I’m not your property. This is my life…. I’m going to take my time, and I’m going to decide on my decision… It’s not right, what he f**king did—but people don’t know what I did, ’cause I ain’t no angel.”
… says the 25 year-old rapper. More photos inside!