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My daughter's Afro, tongue piercing, obsession with stomach looks

San Diegans on their appearances

Carlos Sanguinetti: "Honestly, eating and diet is almost 80 percent of your physique."
Carlos Sanguinetti: "Honestly, eating and diet is almost 80 percent of your physique."
  • Afro Puffs

  • I’m overjoyed that my daughter loves her hair. I’m also afraid there will come a day when she tells me she wishes it were long, straight, and yellow.
  • By Elizabeth Salaam, July 11, 2012
Customers at Milton’s barbershop joke, rib each other, and sometimes talk seriously.
  • Show Me Your Tongue

  • “Dr. Jefe is quick to point out that you can always change your mind about a tongue piercing. Once the jewelry is removed, the hole closes up in 48 hours.”
  • By Dorothy Kronick, Aug. 22, 2002
Winnie Kao (aka "Buffy"): “I went to this place in Lemon Grove that pierced all my friends’ belly buttons and one of my friend’s eyebrows, this place where they don’t check I.D.s.”
  • Belly

  • “All of my clients are obsessed about their stomachs. I have very few clients who come in here without saying they want to get a six-pack or they want flat abs. And most of my clients are women. I have about 3 men and 25 women.”
  • By Robert Kumpel, Oct. 11, 2001
Malaika Tobias: "I guess I think about my stomach a lot — it’s kind of a paranoia thing."
  • When Shirts Talk

  • I have this shirt because my husband says that I'm the slowest mountain biker in the world. [The shirt] says, "Behold the Turtle."
  • By Cruz Medina, June 30, 2005
Gavin Bogart
  • My Skin is a Museum

  • Because henna doesn’t dissolve easily in water, some hennaria mix it with gasoline, which yields a darker stain.
  • By Laura McNeal, May 15, 2003
Decorated feet wrapped in toilet paper. “The beginning of diplomatic relations with the U.S.A. in 1883 destroyed the traditions of henna in Iran.”
  • Still fat

  • She sat me on her bed and held my hands. “Joan, you already have two strikes against you. You’re black, and you’re female. You don’t need to be fat, too.”
  • By Joan Jackson, Dec. 5, 2012
My mom: “Joan, you already have two strikes against you. You’re black, and you’re female. You don’t need to be fat, too.”
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Carlos Sanguinetti: "Honestly, eating and diet is almost 80 percent of your physique."
Carlos Sanguinetti: "Honestly, eating and diet is almost 80 percent of your physique."
  • Afro Puffs

  • I’m overjoyed that my daughter loves her hair. I’m also afraid there will come a day when she tells me she wishes it were long, straight, and yellow.
  • By Elizabeth Salaam, July 11, 2012
Customers at Milton’s barbershop joke, rib each other, and sometimes talk seriously.
  • Show Me Your Tongue

  • “Dr. Jefe is quick to point out that you can always change your mind about a tongue piercing. Once the jewelry is removed, the hole closes up in 48 hours.”
  • By Dorothy Kronick, Aug. 22, 2002
Winnie Kao (aka "Buffy"): “I went to this place in Lemon Grove that pierced all my friends’ belly buttons and one of my friend’s eyebrows, this place where they don’t check I.D.s.”
  • Belly

  • “All of my clients are obsessed about their stomachs. I have very few clients who come in here without saying they want to get a six-pack or they want flat abs. And most of my clients are women. I have about 3 men and 25 women.”
  • By Robert Kumpel, Oct. 11, 2001
Malaika Tobias: "I guess I think about my stomach a lot — it’s kind of a paranoia thing."
  • When Shirts Talk

  • I have this shirt because my husband says that I'm the slowest mountain biker in the world. [The shirt] says, "Behold the Turtle."
  • By Cruz Medina, June 30, 2005
Gavin Bogart
  • My Skin is a Museum

  • Because henna doesn’t dissolve easily in water, some hennaria mix it with gasoline, which yields a darker stain.
  • By Laura McNeal, May 15, 2003
Decorated feet wrapped in toilet paper. “The beginning of diplomatic relations with the U.S.A. in 1883 destroyed the traditions of henna in Iran.”
  • Still fat

  • She sat me on her bed and held my hands. “Joan, you already have two strikes against you. You’re black, and you’re female. You don’t need to be fat, too.”
  • By Joan Jackson, Dec. 5, 2012
My mom: “Joan, you already have two strikes against you. You’re black, and you’re female. You don’t need to be fat, too.”
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