For some, body acceptance begins at the tip of their nose. Award-winning writer and journalist, Radhika Sanghani, never dreamed she’d one day spearhead the big-nose movement, inspiring others to accept their big noses and move on.
“Getting a nose job is something I have debated since I realized it was possible, aged 11,” she admitted in a piece for the Evening Standard. “I’ve imagined my face with a smaller nose and the life that would go along with it: more confidence, more friends and more dates. But I never went through with it, even when my mum offered to pay for the surgery when I was 17. I was too scared.”
Life carried on in full force, and Sanghani had a fruitful career, writing for publications such as The Guardian, Grazia, and the BBC. She also published two millennial comedy novels. In other words: life was good. Still, she couldn’t shake the feeling that her nose stood in the way.
“And then suddenly, this year, everything changed,” she wrote. “It hit me that this one insecurity had been ruling my life for 27 years. It had held me back from living my life to the fullest, to the point at which I almost turned down TV appearances to promote my work as a journalist and author because the camera would capture my face side-on. I knew I had to face my fears. So, after weeks of anxiety, I took my first-ever side profile selfie and posted it on social media with the hashtag #sideprofileselfie. ‘I’m breaking the big-nose taboo,’ I wrote. ‘Join me.”’
Unbeknownst to her, that selfie was the beginning of a movement. Having reached millions of people, thousands more have shared their profile selfies, featuring their prominent noses with pride. This is the kind of body positivity vibes we want in our life! Join the movement.