17 Latinas Anonymously Sound Off On Body Image

How do you really feel about your body? We asked you to submit your anonymous confessions via Whisper, and you sent us some enlightening — and sometimes, heartbreaking — stories about the frustration and discomfort you feel when confronted by the "Latina curves" stereotype. See them below: 

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1. Whisper: Body Image 1

 What are some thoughts about body image that  you think about often?

Latinas: What are some thoughts about body image that you think about often? 

2. Whisper: BI 2

I feel like I don't have the typical curvy-big booty Latina figure  I have more of a straight body with a big stomach

"I feel like I don't have the typical curvy-big booty Latina figure. I have more of a straight body with a big stomach." 

3. Whisper: BI 3

It's hard to accept myself bc I feel that the media is dominated by beautiful blonde white women

"It's hard to accept myself [because] I feel that the media is dominated by beautiful blonde white women." 

4. Whisper: BI 4

 Are my hairy arms a deal breaker? Latinas have dark thick hair most of the time and not all of it is on my head!!

"Are my hairy arms a deal breaker? Latinas have dark thick hair most of the time and not all of it is on my head!" 

5. Whisper: BI 5

I wish I had more ass... Or boobs... Be less tall... I'm latina but I don't look like the stereotype

"I wish I had more ass... Or boobs... Be less tall.. I'm [Latina] but I don't look like the stereotype." 

6. Whisper: BI 6

I want to be super skinny but everyone says I'll lose my "perfect curves" and I shouldn't be a stick like Asian girls

"I want to be super skinny but everyone says I'll lose my 'perfect curves' and I shouldn't be a stick like Asian girls." 

7. Whisper: BI 8

Why can't I have small boobs so I can wear cute tops that require no bra.

"Why can't I have small boobs so I can wear cute tops that require no bra." 

8. Whisper: BI 9

I wish guys wouldn't tell me "oh you said you are hispanic so I thought you would be hot but you're actually fat, never mind"

"I wish guys wouldn't tell me 'oh, you said you are Hispanic so I thought you would be hot but you're actually fat, never mind.'"

9. Whisper: BI 10

I have wide shoulders and a flat ass. How am I Puerto Rican without an ass? Lol -_-

"I have wide shoulders and a flat ass. How am I Puerto Rican without an ass? Lol." 

10. Whisper: BI 11

I wish people would stop mistaking me for just being white, when I am Mestizo.  Being mixed kinda sucks.

"I wish people would step mistaking me for jsut being white, when I am Mestizo. Being mixed kinda-sucks." 

11. Whisper: BI 12

That my body has to be like J-Lo but in reality there's no way it's possible

"That my body has to be like J-Lo but in reality there's no way it's possible." 

12. Whisper: BI 13

No amount of exercise can make me the same size on top and bottom.

"No amount of exercise can make me the same size on top and bottom." 

13. Whisper: BI 14

big boobs, big butt, with some stomach fat  and being taller than average is so hard as a Hispanic female... I'm only 5'6/7 but I might as well be in the NBA

"Big boobs, big butt, with some stomach fat and being taller than average is so hard as a Hispanic female... I'm only 5'6"/7 but I might as well be in the NBA."

14. Whisper: BI 15

I'm just perfect for most black dudes and Latinos but too big for white guys.... But I prefer white guys....

"I'm just perfect for most black dudes and Latinos but too big for white guys... But I prefer white guys..." 

15. Whisper: BI 16

All the woman in my family have big breasts while I'm just an A cup. At least I have the Latina ass.

"All the woman in my family have big breasts while I'm just an A cup. At least I have the Latina ass."

16. Whisper: BI 17

How the media tells me I need to be skinny, but every Hispanic man I've ever been with wants me to be fat. My husband is pissed bc I'm losing weight. I'm tired of feeling ugly

"How the media tells me I need to be skinny, but every Hispanic man I've ever been with wants me to be fat. My husband is pissed [because] I'm losing weight. I'm tired of feeling ugly."

17. Whisper: BI 18

The fact that I don't even look like a Latina, and my curly hair. Wish I had straight hair

"The fact that I don't even look like a Latina, and my curly hair. Wish I had straight hair." 

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