Growing up, I was ostracized or criticized for being or looking "too Chinese."
All the popular kids sort of made this whole culture a joke, and so all I wanted was to disassociate myself with it. I'd hear comments like "Insik gyud", or "Pikot mata" and many others of the sort that really made it difficult for me to be proud of my heritage.
This was back in elementary school, when we didn't have access to the internet and when people were far less open minded and exposed.
As I grew older and became more exposed to the world outside school, I became more and more conscious of myself and how people see me.
When I went to photoshoots or got my make up done, the artists would always try to “correct” my eyes instead of enhancing them, making me really believe that what I had was not something people wanted.
I've obsessed about this one trait, and completely lost sight about the rest of who I was. My eyes didn't define me, but that was all I could see.
Until I got my eye surgery... twice.
Now that I'm 29 and I've embraced the fact that unlocking your true beauty means loving each and every part of you that makes you different.
It's not an easy thing to do - but in the end, no one can love you more than you love yourself.
Read the full blog: https://www.kryzuy.com/real-talk-my-eye-surgery-story/
Pony's eye surgery vlog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU9gUmK1_Fs
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