Nude 7: “I've always been very small. Not just short, not just skinny, but like someone opened me up in Photoshop and dragged the corner in, just downsizing me. I'd never really had an issue with it myself, I'd never thought of myself as being "small." I only began to notice my own size when it began to be pointed out to me at an increasingly frequent basis as I got older. And there's something about being a small person that somehow makes it seem like other people's personal comments are okay. "It's okay, you're only half a person anyway," "You're like a doll, we can dress you up!" "Who let this child into the bar?" "You're not that skinny for a short girl," and the incredibly terrifying fetishizing and nearly pedophilic sexual comments. Being small made it seem okay for people I barely knew to ask me how much I weigh, how much I eat, how much I exercise, what clothes size I am. In horrifying moments complete strangers at parties would knock my legs out from under me, pick me up and carry me around just because I'm light. And meanwhile, with this incessant pounding over and over again that I was not enough, any insecurity that I might voice about my body would be immediately dismissed with "Oh shut up, you're tiny, stop bitching." Over time I had to relearn how to assert myself, how to re-own the space around me even though I take up less of it. These pictures helped me remind myself that I am a whole and complete woman and that I own myself. That I am not a child, a toy, or half of a person. That this body is mine and that it can do wonderful, marvelous things and that it is beautiful in all that it does.