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By Thomas Meganck June 4, 2019

Young Man In The Mirror

Illustrated by Sebastian Torres

We all have insecurities.

From my perspective, my legs

are too long, all my pants

too short.

My arms are too skinny,

two Barbie arms glued

onto the body of an 18-year-old

dude. My nose

is crooked,

pointing slightly

right––actually that’s

true, happened from running smack

into another kid. 

Why does Kim Kardashian have

the most followers on Instagram?

Why do all men have to be as “buff”

as Dwayne Johnson?

Why “perfection”?


Aren't all our innate shapes and sizes


Couldn't we shift the question

to how? How 

to include? How  

to lift up? How to break

the mirror image that lies

to our face?

About the author

Thomas Meganck is a 2nd year student in Cinema Communications.

About the illustrator

Sebastian Torres is a first year Illustration student.


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    Melanie P

    January 26, 2020

    Powerful piece! Everyone has insecurities as you mentioned and it was really brave of you to share yours as well! Everyone has something they wish they could change when they look in the mirror! I liked the part where you had written “Why perfection? Aren’t all our innate shapes and sizes natural?” because it is true! It is not easy especially at the age we are now with the influence of social media making us think that we have to look a certain way or act a certain way. Great work! Thank you for sharing!

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