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We are our own harshest critics, especially when it comes to picking out the small physical details of ourselves in the mirror.

On a bad day, you might see an imperfection on your face or body that makes you unique as something that's "ugly."

To challenge what it means to be "ugly," Twitter user Alex Durog wrote a passionate thread for her girlfriend on the occasion of their anniversary.


On July 3, Durog wrote, "You call yourself ugly but you've only seen yourself when you look at the mirror, a thread."

Durog continued pointing out all the ways her loved one is beautiful, proving that mirror does not hold all the answers to what makes someone special.

You call yourself ugly but you’ve only seen yourself when you look at the mirror, a thread. twitter.com


You don’t see yourself when your face lights up at the sight of a baby, ice cream, or your favorite restaurant. twitter.com


You don’t see yourself when you smile at me for finally understanding what you’re trying to say. twitter.com


You don’t see yourself when you’re so focused at the things you love doing. twitter.com

Durog continued to share instances when her girlfriend shined, and it had nothing to do with makeup or any kind of outfit.


You tell yourself you’re ugly but you’ve never seen yourself talk about the things you love. The stars, sky, the constellations, and the universe. twitter.com

A reaction to something positive seems to really make her love radiate with beauty.


You never saw yourself tear up for laughing so hard or turn red after I told you something cheesy. twitter.com



I guess that’s why it’s so easy for people to say they’re ugly because they’ve never seen themselves in the smallest moments, in the ordinary, and still be beautiful. twitter.com

The day following the original post, Durog was overwhelmed by all the responses. She revealed the reason for her thread that has garnered over 28 thousand likes and nearly nine thousand comments to date.


The love that this thread has been getting is overwhelming. I wrote this for my girlfriend since it’s almost our anniversary. twitter.com


This is us.pic.twitter.com/DS10k4nnyl twitter.com

We're not seeing ugly anywhere.


The lovely couple.(@alexdurog/Twitter)

Beauty surrounds us if we all take a closer look.


Happy anniversary!(@alexdurog/Twitter)

The thread turned out to be an affirmation and was exactly what people wanted to hear.


bless you for writing this thread. thank you! twitter.com


That was perfect literally just perfectly written twitter.com


This thread brightened up my day and my whole being twitter.com



I really needed that. Earlier when I came home from school I got panic attack when I saw my pimples breaking out as I look at myself in the mirror. Thank you so much twitter.com




Hi! Thank you for this thread. I need this. A tear rolled down my cheeks upon reading the word 'baby'. I guess I need my husband to take a picture of me everytime I go home and see my baby. twitter.com




We've all been socialized to perceive beauty in a conventional, but very limiting, way.

Society has taught us that there’s standards when it comes to beauty when there’s none. You are beautiful in your own way, remember that. twitter.com


was really sad bc each day as I scroll though my timeline in instagram, twitter and facebook, everyone looks so lovely & my self esteem goes 100 ft under the ground, there's this certain standard of beauty set by the society & thank you for breaking that & making me realize this twitter.com

What a wonderful reminder that we all possess the capability of shining with moments of beauty. In other words, don't gauge your looks solely on a reflective surface.

Someone else might be seeing what we don't see. And it's beautiful

H/T - Twitter, Buzzfeed

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