In Sixth Grade my best friend Julie T. was obsessed with the movie Funny Girl. She played the record every day after school and sang along while staring at Barbra Streisand's glowing face on the album cover.
"You look exactly like her!" Julie once said.
"How do I look like her?" I asked.
"You have the same nose."
I didn't agree, but I recalled my mother saying that everyone respected Barbra Streisand because she didn't get a nose job. Was my nose like that? Was it so big that the choice not to get a nose job would seem respectable and brave? It sounded like deciding not to wear false teeth, or exposing your foggy, runny blind eye instead of putting on sunglasses.
For years I entertained the fantasy of getting a nose job until something came along and jarred my perspective. Thanks to the beautifully-nosed Gina Misiroglu of Red Room the entire big-nose story (from fifth grade to adulthood!) is now up on Huffington Post. Check it out here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/red-room/jessica-anya-blau-see-ya-_b_89477...
Causes Jessica Blau Supports
Baltimore School for the Arts, 826DC, CityLit Project.