Larissa Crawford shares how daughter's ultrasound changed her mind about a nose job
The Calgary-based human rights advocate said she wanted a rhinoplasty until she had a daughter.
Larissa Crawford is embracing her nose.
On Saturday, the 28-year-old Métis-Jamaican activist took to Instagram to share a photo of her seven-year-old daughter Zyra, and four images from Crawford's 3D ultrasound with her.
The Calgary-based human rights advocate included a caption explaining how seeing her daughter's nose for the first time on the ultrasound changed her mind about undergoing rhinoplasty — something she said she wanted her "whole life."
"I wanted a nose job my whole life, and it wasn’t coming from a place of bodily autonomy and empowerment; it came from a place of deep insecurity with my natural misalignments with Eurocentric beauty standards," she penned.
"And then, when I was 21 years old, I saw that lil nose in Zyra’s 3D ultrasound.
"'That's my nose. How could I explain to her that I had changed our nose because I didn’t think it was beautiful?'" Crawford continued.
"How could I let someone else’s beauty standards colonize yet another gift from our ancestors? She is deserving of more. I am deserving of more."
The comments were limited on the post, which gained more than 2,500 likes.
In September, Crawford shared a video with her Instagram followers of herself in a hospital gown, receiving treatment for pelvic inflammatory disease, determined to help end the stigma.
She described the pain as "a serrated knife being dragged along the inside of the uterus. Ovaries are being squeezed to the cusp of bursting. Reliving my most traumatic sexual harm every time I have to give my full medical history."
Crawford noted that due to stigma, women may feel conditioned not to speak out about pelvic pain.
"Believe women and people with uteruses," she added in the caption.
"Because of stigma and other barriers, we often don’t share about the pain we experience until it becomes too debilitating to ignore," she wrote.
Crawford is the founder of Future Ancestors Services, a social enterprise that provides "speaking, training, research and consulting services," focusing on anti-racism, climate justice and decolonization. According to the website, "the organization has mobilized +$95K in donations and gifted services for anti-racist and climate justice initiatives."
She has been nationally recognized for her work and advocacy, being named in the 2021 Women of Influence’s Top 25 list and in Refinery29 Canada’s 29 Powerhouses the year prior.
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