Social media has made it easier than ever for us to spread body positivity and rally against society's beauty standards. With the help of the hashtag, we've been encouraged to embrace our size and learn to love specific body parts. Noses are the latest feature to get their own movement, specifically, how they look from the side, with one British campaigner encouraging people to share a #SideProfileSelfie. The body-positive movement, spearheaded by freelance journalist and author Radhika Sanghani, is quickly gaining momentum in the U.K. and all over the world.
Sanghani was motivated by her own long-held shame and insecurity over her nose and side profile, she told Refinery29. "Every time I see a camera at a side profile angle, I panic. But in the last year I’ve started to change my mind. Instead of hating my big nose and thinking it makes me unattractive, I’ve decided to see it as beautiful. It’s interesting and gives me character and okay, I don’t look like Gigi Hadid or Angelina Jolie, but I look like me."
Sanghani's end goal? It has been "life changing" learning to love her nose, she said – and now she wants to help other women do the same. "I hope the campaign inspires people to embrace their noses and celebrate them with me. It’s scary to do it alone, but so many women are already joining in, and it feels so powerful. This has been taboo for so long, but things can change."
#SideProfileSelfie is rapidly picking up speed on Twitter, with countless people – men and women – sharing their selfies on Twitter following Sanghani's appearance on ITV's Good Morning Britain on February 21.
Sanghani hopes the fashion and beauty industries stand to attention and realize "how many women with big noses have been made to feel unattractive by virtue of never seeing celebrities who look like them." Ultimately, she continued: "My goal is for Hollywood and the fashion world to start seeing the beauty of strong profiles and finally let larger nosed ladies step into the spotlight."