This Twitter Thread About Big Nose Beauty Is Everything

This Twitter Thread About Big Nose Beauty Is Everything

August 4, 2020 Updated August 3, 2020

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Sydney Jade/Twitter and Tharakorn Arunothai/EyeEm/Getty

I have what many would call a “cute” nose. It is not big, but it has a narrow bridge and a round, bulbous tip. I’ve always hated that round, bulbous tip. However, my nose was not the subject of middle school bullying (my acne, which persists to this day, took care of that effectively enough), so although I disliked my nose, the fact that its presence didn’t cause me any trauma meant I didn’t spend an excessive amount of time worrying about it.

That’s not the case for a lot of people, as evidenced by a thread from Twitter user Sydney Jade. She tweeted, “I need to start a thread of big noses pls join!!!!!!!! Trying to love myself, starting with what I have always struggled to accept!!”

Hundreds of people responded to the tweet, sharing pics of their “big” or “ugly” noses, many of them telling stories of terrible bullying they have endured because of their noses.

Interestingly, I was drawn to the thread because the picture Sydney had posted struck me as beautiful. Literally, I was speed-scrolling through Twitter, procrastinating on work I should have been doing, and the picture caught my eye because I thought it was beautiful. And not “beautiful despite the size of her nose.” Just beautiful. Only when I slowed my scrolling and read the text did I realize it was meant to be an image that would intentionally highlight the size of her nose, which she says she has struggled to accept.

I felt a strange mix of feelings as I scrolled through the responses: Heartbreak that any of these beautiful humans would have been made to feel bad about their faces. Confusion that anyone ever thought any of these people had anything remotely wrong with them to begin with. Admiration because every face I looked at was beautiful. Joy that their beauty was being celebrated in this awesome thread full of absolutely gorgeous humans.

To be clear: I love a statement nose. Sure, I am capable of recognizing the bland attractiveness of what the beauty industry claims exemplifies beauty: Giant, wide-set eyes, plump, pouty lips, a delicate, narrow chin, and a nose that barely exists. It’s almost impossible not to notice that generic beauty when it jumps out at you from beauty industry ads, aggressively sparkling at you with its poreless, airbrushed perfection. When so many with wealth and fame go to such lengths to mold themselves into that arbitrary standard, often going so far as to make themselves unrecognizable, it’s kind of impossible not to notice that type of beauty.

But damn, I really just fucking love a statement nose, and there is no way I’m the only one. I get the insecurity, especially because people are mean AF sometimes, but seriously, look at these beautiful people!