Jessica Torres

I chopped off my hair so I could stop hiding behind it

As a Latina and as a plus-size woman I have always been told that my hair is one of the things that made me attractive. I have been told that cutting my hair would make me look fatter. Because being fat is the worse thing that you can be.

I’ve had long hair most of my adult life. I constantly receive compliments on how beautiful it is and how cutting it would be the worse thing I could do.

My hair had become a safety blanket. On the days that I don’t feel good about myself I would hide behind it. But, I believe that to grow as a person you have to step out of your comfort zone. So, I chopped it off.

This isn’t the first time I cut my hair but it is definitely the shortest I have ever had it, at least since elementary school.

Cutting my hair is a reminder that my beauty is not set by standards society has dropped on us but by how I feel about myself and what makes me happy.

Chopping off my hair always feels like a big middle finger to society.

If you are planning on chopping it off do it. Take control over your body and self-love.


What I’m wearing:

Top: Rainbow similar here

Jeans: Eloquii

Backpack: Topshop

Sneakers: Payless similar here

Earrings: H&M similar here

Sunglasses: Ray ban

  • Congrats!

    June 8, 2017
  • Y.Morales


    I went beyond chopping it off….I got buzz cut pixie. I stopped dying it about 5 yrs ago. O am 49 yrs old….have been told don’t look it. And that is look better if I dyed it. I love my hair. O feel more confident and beautiful. I’ve always been shy and self conscious about how I looked. Not anymore! I’ve learned to be me! Thank you….to all my new hero’s the woman who have taught me that size does not matter….

    June 10, 2017
  • I feel you 10 percent. I gravitated towards longer locks because it’s slimming and more acceptable. However, I wanted a more trendy style and to distinguish and empower myself, so I did a big chop like you.

    Thanks for sharing. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this.

    Cheers to confidence!

    June 11, 2017
  • I have done exactly the same. I have also hid behind my long hair and then one day i just thought “screw it” and did the big chop. I don’t regret it at all. I feel great! Even more confident!

    August 27, 2017