Big Nose and A Skimpy Dress

Artwork by Aldo Jeffrey

“The important thing isn’t what other people think you are; it’s who you are.”
― Shannon L. Alder

This is a captivating post on Fashion & Depression by Funke Olotu..Read and Enjoy 😚

Talking about childhood insecurities

Growing up I was not the noticeable one, I had serious issues with my hormones so I was very insecure about my looks, oh. Am still insecure even to write it down.. I had pimples on my face,back,chest and arms, large nose and flat buttocks.

I was bullied..that day on the assembly ground, it can never leave my head, like a scar, I always remember.

I was in SS2, on the assembly ground and my teacher screamed at the sight of my face, his voice was so loud, almost every one heard him, the ones that didn’t we’re made aware by their friends or someone standing close to them.

It felt as though my whole world has come to an end, the girl at my front looked at me. She could see the shame in my eyes and still spat these words that I will never forget “your face is worse than someone’s disease “.


I cried. Those hot, painful tears ran down my cheeks and I ran from the assembly ground raising my over-sized printed skirt that was falling up as I cried in silence not to get more attention.

My tears were my best friend, my laughter – oh that is just in my imagination, slowly I saw myself slipping. I was called ugly, the boys gave me no attention. I had no friend to talk to,.things would have been better if my mother was close to me I’ll say but she is uneducated, it was not in her place to know anything about being bullied in school, the excuse I always give for our terrible relationship,

Entering the university, I was seen as the boring, young, ugly girl…the girl that was just smart. But I wanted to be more, I got no attention,


I wore a skimpy dress for a lecture one day that showed my well toned thighs and brought out my perfect figure. That day, my crush whom has never noticed me winked at me.

I loved the attention I got and boom the next day it was gone..I knew immediately!

It was the dress, it had to be.

So I used my money and bought all sorts of body revealing dresses.

the crazy ones gained similar attention too.

From the boring girl I became one of the best dressed on campus.

I look confident, I preached it

But deep within

That little girl that thinks her face is the worse thing on earth still exists…

Clothes are deeper than people think, it shows how you feel inside, it lifts you up or scatters your confidence, it is something you’re subconsciously aware of.

Do not judge any body’s fashion sense, their depression might be deeper than yours.

©Funke Olotu

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. proudlyfeminist says:

    Bullying at school is one of the causes of depression. It is even made worse by insensitive teachers and the blunt nature of children and adolescents. Whether educated or uneducated, many parents do not know how to help their children experiencing bullying at school.

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  2. You are bold, an amazing writer and every inch of you is absolutely perfect. Stay stronge and embrace your imperfections afterall they are what make us perfect. Stay gorgeous

    Liked by 2 people

    1. funkeolotu says:

      Thank you

      Liked by 2 people

  3. theanonymouscherif says:

    Inferiority complex meets social pressure;couldn’t have been a better recipe for self-esteem and all conditions born of a wobbly self-esteem like depression
    Brilliant piece Miss

    Liked by 1 person

    1. funkeolotu says:

      Thank you cherif

      Liked by 1 person

      1. theanonymouscherif says:

        mostly welcomed

        Liked by 1 person

  4. She could not have said it better. Lovely piece

    Liked by 3 people

  5. sephyjay says:

    I relate to this way more than I could even explain, thank you for sharing your story. Imperfections are beautiful despite what the world tries to tell us, our only way out is to keep our head above the water and embrace our perfect imperfections.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. funkeolotu says:

      Thank you… am glad you can relate


  6. Wariegbe says:

    You are so Bold, and I like it

    Liked by 2 people

    1. funkeolotu says:

      Thanks, I appreciate


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