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This Feminist Desi Artist's Work On Body Image And Mental Illness Is Straight-Up Magical

Joanna Thangiah is on a mission to make you love yourself.

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"In December 2014, I started drawing because it helped me deal with all the thoughts that were floating in my head, and helped me love the fat girl that I had become," Thangiah told BuzzFeed.

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"What's upsetting about body images issues and shaming in South Asian communities is that the effects of it don’t get discussed, everything gets swept under the rug," she said.


"I was raised thinking that having darker skin and too big of a nose was ugly. As my mother put it, I’ve been 'blessed' with 'fair' skin, yet anytime I went out into the sun and came home a little darker, I would get called ugly," the artist told BuzzFeed.