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When It Comes to Beauty, What's in a Word?

When It Comes to Beauty, What's in a Word?


I'm cute — or at least that's what people tell me. Not sexy, not beautiful, not gorgeous, always "cute." And that's OK for the most part, but sometimes I wonder, "Wait, why do I never get to be the sexy one?" It's a matter of semantics, but I often wonder why some of my friends get the "gorgeous" label more often, and others get "pretty." It goes for famous people, too. Angelina Jolie: sexy, never cute. Halle Berry: beautiful. Zooey Deschanel: cute. And so on. All are appealing ways to be described, but do you identify with one term over another? And do you feel that your perception of yourself is in line with others'?

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