When I was eight years old my parents took me and my brothers to Miami to visit family. While we were there we stopped at a local flea market (their are some huge ones there) and I saw what I thought was the most beautiful women in the world, like ever. She was this really beautiful Latina woman, in that very stereotypical way (and I don’t mean that as a negative at all). She had big curves (although not quite overweight) big hair and a tiny dress. She also had these really amazing acrylic nails that had all sorts of designs on them. I knew that at that moment, I wanted to be just like her. Mostly, I just wanted her nails.
Since then I have been really into nail art. I love adding in little designs, rihnstones, cool shapes, unique painting techniques. I have taught friends, done my friends nails for special events, and I always make sure that mine are in tip top shape. A few weeks ago I got really creative and figured out a way to incorporate all these really cool tiny beads and pearls. Eager to show them off, my friend and I decided to go out one night to a bar.
While we were there, quite a few people noticed, including one not so friendly guy at the bar. I was showing off my nails to the bartender who was a apparently too distracted by me to get this guys order. He apparently gets too annoyed and says to me “Listen, the amount of crap you glue to your nails is not going to cover up the amount of crap glued to your ass” He then proceeds to cut in between my friend and I and rudely demand a drink from the bartender.
My intention was never to cover up my fat. I just knew that having nice nails was something that everyone could do, no matter their size.
I can’t buy the same trendy clothes, jewelry (rings and bracelets never fit) or shoes as everyone else, this was the one thing I did that genuinely made me feel cool and fashionable, they only thing that made me feel good and happy about myself.
I haven’t done my nails since :(