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This 5’11" Androgynous Beauty Is Nobody’s Doormat

We asked model Shannon Clagett to be a part of the What's Underneath Project because, at 5’11", Shannon creates an ideal of beauty that's not about eating disorders or airbrushing, but that's about being her true androgynous self. Not holding back an ounce, Shannon shares the pain of a lost childhood, having been abused by her dad and emotionally abandoned by her mom. She’s heroically worked her way through bulimia, anorexia, and a boyfriend who mirrored her father’s destructive behavior. For us, one of the most piercing moments is when Shannon tells about her mom confessing to her while she was in rehab: 'I know I didn't say I love you enough, I know I didn't hug you enough, and I'm sorry.' Today, positive and healthy, Shannon is nobody's doormat, stating, "If something in my life doesn't make me happy, then it's not there anymore.

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Shannon's video was edited by Andrea Cruz
The What's Underneath Project is produced by Elisa, Lily, & Mona

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  • bubba2001

    Shannon, I grew up like that too, very violent father, abusive uncle and aunt who used me as a proxy "whipping boy" because they hated my father but took it out on me.
    As the "Irish" and the "Italians" say, "revenge is a dish best served cold."
    Beat the hell out of that bastard and left him in the cemetary on top of (his) father's grave.
    A psychologist told me I should write a letter to my aunt, so I got large manilla envelopes and wrote her letters on the *outside* of the envelopes. "CHILD ABUSER!!!"
    I don't care what *anyone* says, *Revenge is Sweet!*
    And people have a whole new respect for you,.
    People who do this shit are cowards anyway. The ***ONLY*** thing they understand is violence and brutality.

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