They say it’s important to know your angles, but for many people with large noses, there’s pretty much only one angle they’ll allow themselves to be photographed from: straight-on.
But with her new #SideProfileSelfie campaign, Radhika Sanghani is on a mission to change that. As Mashable reports, the freelance journalist started the empowering movement this week, calling for people to share photos of themselves from a side angle to prove that their “bigger” noses are just as beautiful as those of the smaller variety.
“In our society, big noses have been taboo for all too long,” Sanghani wrote in British women’s magazine Grazia. “Times are changing and fashion and beauty is becoming more diverse than ever. Catwalks are suddenly full of plus-size models, Hollywood is finally starting to understand the importance of representing all races, and it’s no longer unusual to see a model with a disability or condition like vitiligo in a major ad. But despite all this, I feel like the only taboo that hasn’t been broken is the big nose, and it’s not right. We’ve seen the unfiltered spotty skin, the stretch marks, the cellulite and the body hair all being reclaimed as our own and beautiful online. But noses are still hidden in subtle head tilts and awkward poses. We need change. It’s why I’m using this article to launch the #SideProfileSelfie.”
Sanghani added that taking a #SideProfileSelfie of her own has already helped her embrace her nose. “My nose is mine, and I’m determined to love it just as it is. Back in previous eras, women wanted ‘Roman noses.’ They were seen as powerful, and I think that if we reclaim them, they still can be today,” she wrote. “My theory is beauty standards have lauded small noses over big ones because they fit in with the idea of women being delicate, dainty, and not taking up space. But we’re not. We’re bold, strong, and we can take up as much space as we want, even with our bodies.”
Since Sanghani launched the campaign on Tuesday, countless people have posted their own selfies on social media, with many sharing stories of their struggles to embrace their noses. “This is amazing. I got a nose job at 15 and felt ten times better about myself, but over 15 years later I still get self-conscious sometimes. I realize now that there’s no reason for this stigma!! ❤️” one person wrote alongside their selfie.
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