If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be?
If you were asked this question, you would probably have no trouble coming up with an answer. I certainly didn't. For me, it's my height. Just a few more inches and I wouldn't have had to endure decades of short jokes, hemmed pants, and being squished into the middle seat because I "clearly didn't need the leg room."
For the vast majority of adults, there is at least one physical trait that we would alter if we could. So it wasn't surprising that the first half of the Jubilee Project's new YouTube clip "Comfortable: 50 People 1 Question," features a variety of adults of different ages and ethnicities chiming in with their answers about body image. One woman would change her forehead. A man would change his ears. Another the "puffiness of his skin."
But what was surprising was the answers the filmmakers got in the second half of the film. Because that was when they posed the same question to kids. I expected one of two things: that the children would answer similarly, with heartbreaking clarity about the parts of their body they disliked or that they wouldn't have any answers at all, blissfully unaware of any body image issues. But neither of these situations occurred.
To tell you what did happen would spoil the beauty of the whole clip, so you're just going to have to watch it. And hopefully, it will help you — as it helped me — remember that it takes the eyes of a kid to understand what true beauty really is.
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