I am proud of my heritage.

Jen Mahuet,
Cincinnati, OH

Everyone is a product of their genetic past, which is evidenced by their physical appearance. My grandparents came from Eastern Europe, poor and in search of a better life.

I am proud of the culture I was born into and treasure our traditions. I like my hooded eyes, not considered beautiful in some other’s opinion; that doesn’t bother me. I resemble my family, I am a part of our history. This is a part of who I am.

However, and this is really my point: Valuing myself does not cause me to devalue others. We all carry our genetic history, and can embrace it, while embracing the beauty of others.


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