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Why I'm Proudly Wearing Shorts This Summer as Someone With Ichthyosis

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Why do we as a society focus so much on hotness? Society has indoctrinated us into thinking that certain features are more attractive than others.

The truth is, beauty is a social construct that often causes never-ending stress for those who do not fit the mold created by society.

As we approach “hot girl summer,” I have been reflecting on past summers. Growing up with ichthyosis, a skin condition that causes dry flaky skin, and not falling into what is considered “beautiful,” I struggled for many years.

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