Masculinity is something I have felt inside since as far back as I can remember. It has always been a part of me. As I have gotten older, I have strived hard to live authentically, see the beauty in myself, and build self-awareness around sexism and other norms. I don't always have the exact words to describe who I am, which is both liberating and heavy at times. However, I can say that all I have ever wanted for myself is to be happy. To me, happiness is about self-acceptance, love and compassion even in the face of overwhelming opposition. Participating in this project was an act of self love. A tangible experience devoted to my image asking me to look at myself, unpack the shame and self hatred, and really see my own beauty in a world where I have not felt acceptance.