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Through high school I've been picked upon by bullies, because of my looks, my accent and even on my sexuality. I was the ugly duckling that didn't fit in. Untill in my second year I met my dearest friends who accepted me just the way I am. They didn't care about my braces, my zits, my oversized clothing I got from my older brother or about the fact that I'm attracted to men. They just thought I was funny, shared same interests as them and was a loyal friend. And that loyalness is still there. I've known them now for more than twelve years. We talk to each other daily, go on holidays, share dinners, laughs and tears. They are - next to my family - the most important persons in the world to me. Within those twelve years they teached me to trust myself, be more open and confident in who I am. As a boy, I went through a lot of different phases in fashion, trying to fit in. But when I got older, I realised it's about something else. It's not about the latest trends, hype or being classic. It's about you and developing yourself as a person. If you are the grungy, dapper or hipster type. Or like to switch it up depending on your mood (like myself), it doesn't matter. Just remember that maybe what you find "ugly" in style of another person, that could be their favorite sweater or just their style in where they are most comfortable in. Respect that, like my friends respected me. Love that and be inspired by it. I know I always am. - Martin B.
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