- Afroza was called ugly and worthless as a child
- She lamented that people only focused on outer beauty
- She overcame the taunts and perceptions to live positively
A 38-year-old woman in Bangladesh has shared how she channeled her inner beauty to overcome bullying and taunting about her looks.
Writing on photojournalist GMB Akash's Facebook page, Afroza said people often called her ugly, black and worthless when she was a child.
She wrote: "The more I grew up more I understood the world only see, it does not feel. There is very little value of inner beauty, everything is about skin and color. When I was a child, people do not adore me."
She continued: "I grew up frightened and embarrassed by losing all my sense of pride. I lost my dignity in the game of color and beauty."
Fortunately, Afroza said she never stopped being a good soul. She learned to live positively, even after losing her husband and being left with twin daughters to raise.
She focused her energies to making sure her daughters were proud of themselves and their identity. In the end, she was able to build her own house and take her daughters to a good school.
Afroza concluded: "Every time when I go to visit my daughters I tell them, only pretty are the people who have good heart and do no harm to other people. I will never let them to fall in the trap of ugliness of a world which only value skin."
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