History Main / IAmNotPretty

19th Aug '16 5:09:33 PM Mdumas43073
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Sometimes she might be a standard beauty, but feels unattractive because she's the ''wrong kind'' of beautiful. A girl with RavenHairIvorySkin who's an absolute knockout to anyone with eyes might still feel she's unattractive because she's told the "ideal" is blue-eyed blonde. This one is especially common in the U.S.; the standard of beauty is an ideal that could be considered Northern European (blonde hair, blue eyes, tan complexion,) which leaves a lot of girls in minority groups feeling this way (Cher has said in the past that she grew up feeling like she could never be beautiful because she wasn't blonde.)

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Sometimes she might be a standard beauty, but feels unattractive because she's the ''wrong kind'' of beautiful. A girl with RavenHairIvorySkin who's an absolute knockout to anyone with eyes might still feel she's unattractive because she's told the "ideal" is blue-eyed blonde. This one is especially common in the U.S.; the standard of beauty is an ideal that could be considered Northern European (blonde hair, blue eyes, tan complexion,) which leaves a lot of girls in minority groups feeling this way (Cher (Music/{{Cher}}, for instance, has said in the past that she grew up feeling like she could never be beautiful because she wasn't blonde.)
19th Aug '16 5:08:21 PM Mdumas43073
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May occasionally be deliberately invoked as a form of SelfDeprecation, or ComplimentFishing. But it can often be TruthInTelevision, if the girl in question has a poor self-image and/or unrealistic ideas of what constitutes beauty.

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May occasionally be deliberately invoked as a form of SelfDeprecation, SelfDeprecation or ComplimentFishing. But it can often be TruthInTelevision, if the girl in question has a poor self-image and/or unrealistic ideas of what constitutes beauty.
19th Aug '16 5:07:58 PM Mdumas43073
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A girl may deliberately invoke this by pretending to feel this way, in order to fish for compliment. But it can be TruthInTelevision, if the girl in question has a poor self-image and/or unrealistic ideas of what constitutes beauty.

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A girl may May occasionally be deliberately invoke this by pretending to feel this way, in order to fish for compliment. invoked as a form of SelfDeprecation, or ComplimentFishing. But it can often be TruthInTelevision, if the girl in question has a poor self-image and/or unrealistic ideas of what constitutes beauty.
14th Aug '16 4:50:05 PM Yuihime
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* The woman in [[https://notalwaysright.com/should-stop-giving-herself-a-good-dressing-down/34350 this]] ''WebSite/NotAlwaysRight'' story is worried about the lingering baby fat of a recent pregnancy, and tries to pick the most shapeless, boring black dresses she can find to hide her figure at an upcoming party, over the objections of both her husband and the sales clerk.
3rd Jul '16 11:57:14 AM WriterGirl2015
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* ''Manga/PrincessJellyfish'': Tsukimi believes this of herself though Kuranosuke [[SheCleansUpNicely tries to show her]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming that's not true]].
17th Jun '16 7:18:49 PM nombretomado
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* MarzGurl seems to think this, in spite of being one ChannelAwesome's biggest {{Dude Magnet}}s.

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* MarzGurl WebVideo/MarzGurl seems to think this, in spite of being one ChannelAwesome's Website/ChannelAwesome's biggest {{Dude Magnet}}s.
10th Jun '16 7:31:15 PM ANTMuddle
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* Creator/PenelopeCruz doesn't think she's beautiful. Proving once and for all: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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* Creator/PenelopeCruz doesn't think she's beautiful. Proving once and for all: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There's a reason she's the image for UnkemptBeauty.
4th Jun '16 12:25:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* Tanya says this of herself in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West''. Ms. Kitty, (as well as most fans of the movie) begs to differ, and gives her a makeover. At the end of the movie though she gets over it, and washes her makeup off.

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* Tanya says this of herself in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West''.''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTailFievelGoesWest''. Ms. Kitty, (as well as most fans of the movie) begs to differ, and gives her a makeover. At the end of the movie though she gets over it, and washes her makeup off.
4th Jun '16 12:24:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* Ayla from ''Main/ClanOfTheCaveBear''. She's a Cro-Magnon woman raised by (and against the standards of) Neanderthals, so she was raised thinking she was weird looking. It took years among her own kind for her to come around, and still fell back into this when feeling depressed.
* AlexandrKuprin's short story ''[[https://www.scribd.com/doc/94444878/The-Blue-Star-by-Alexandr-Kuprin The Blue Star]]'' has a protagonist who believes that about her. The twist is; on the one hand, she is right - she is a princess who was born so ugly her father ordered every single mirror in the realm destroyed. On the other hand, it is an extremely isolated land, and her looks are inherited from a foreigner who founded the royal dynasty, so she is WorldsMostBeautifulWoman by the standards of, for example, France.

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* Ayla from ''Main/ClanOfTheCaveBear''.''Literature/ClanOfTheCaveBear''. She's a Cro-Magnon woman raised by (and against the standards of) Neanderthals, so she was raised thinking she was weird looking. It took years among her own kind for her to come around, and still fell back into this when feeling depressed.
* AlexandrKuprin's Creator/AlexandrKuprin's short story ''[[https://www.scribd.com/doc/94444878/The-Blue-Star-by-Alexandr-Kuprin The Blue Star]]'' has a protagonist who believes that about her. The twist is; on the one hand, she is right - she is a princess who was born so ugly her father ordered every single mirror in the realm destroyed. On the other hand, it is an extremely isolated land, and her looks are inherited from a foreigner who founded the royal dynasty, so she is WorldsMostBeautifulWoman by the standards of, for example, France.
29th Apr '16 6:44:36 PM HeroGal2347
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* In ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS3E22Bounty Bounty]]", Murdock takes refuge with a female veterinarian named Kelly Stevens while escaping from a group of bounty hunters, and begins to fall in love with her. When Murdock says Kelly is a "pretty girl" and must have a boyfriend, she quickly dismisses it, saying she's never considered herself attractive. (Kelly is at worst the "girl next door" type.) Murdock then picks up a mirror to show her.



* An early ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode has a young lady whose head is swathed in bandages as the plastic surgeon laments that he was unable to do much for her. They remove the bandages to reveal she has a lovely face and is, in fact, quite beautiful. As the doctor and the nurses all gasp with dismay and disgust, the point of view pulls back to reveal they are all horribly disfigured by our standards, with ugly pig-snoutish noses. By their standards, she was the horribly disfigured one. The young girl sees her reflection in a mirror and bursts into tears at seeing herself as so ugly.

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* An early ''Series/TwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode has a young lady whose head is swathed in bandages as the plastic surgeon laments that he was unable to do much for her. They remove the bandages to reveal she has a lovely face and is, in fact, quite beautiful. As the doctor and the nurses all gasp with dismay and disgust, the point of view pulls back to reveal they are all horribly disfigured by our standards, with ugly pig-snoutish noses. By their standards, she was the horribly disfigured one. The young girl sees her reflection in a mirror and bursts into tears at seeing herself as so ugly.
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