Thick Thighs and Brown Eyes
By Elizabeth Barrera
When the world gives you a million reasons to doubt yourself, to think that you are no better than your counterpart, stand tall.
An ignorant society will look at you and say you’re too thick, flaunt that.
They’ll say your voice is too loud, you need to learn to whisper.
Your lips are too large; why couldn’t you inherit the slimmer features?
Brown girl, when you’re told that your hips are too wide, show them that they don’t lie.
“You’re too dark to be Mexican.”
“You’re too light to be Mexican.”
“And your eyes are too small.”
When they tell you that you have an accent, ask them if they, too, are fluent in more than one language.
Roll your r’s proudly and mix in a little bit of English.
Show them you can speak Spanglish too.
When they tell you that you are not perfect, look them in the eyes and say, “No, I’m not.”
Your skin isn’t too dark or too light.
Your eyes aren’t too small or too big.
You are not meant to fit an image of perfection.
I am not meant to fit an image of perfection.
You were meant to shine in your own way.
Do not let the ignorance of others stop you from reaching your goals based on your accent, the color of your skin, or your country of origin.
No te dejes vencer.
Te dirán que no eres bonita.
Tus seres queridos te verán, y dirán:
Hija, has engordado mucho, ya no comas tanto.
Si bajas un poco de peso te veras más bonita.
Be proud of your accomplishments.
Solo tú sabes todo lo que te a costado llegar hasta donde estas.
Don’t lose yourself in the attempt of pleasing others.
Never be ashamed of your thick thighs and brown eyes.
Y sobre todo,
Be proud of where you come from, porqué eso nadie te lo podra quitar.