Grace, 41, Burlesque Dancer

From the age of nine, Grace was made aware that her nose was larger than average. It became a burden she lived with through school, being made fun of by cheerleaders and boys. As a result, she would hide behind her long hair and sense of humour, laughing when her best friend referred to her "hook" in front of the popular boys.

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Grace's story

Grace

As she grew older, Grace began to find ways of embracing her nose. Punk rock gave her the confidence she needed to find her style with a Mohawk and pierced nose with a silver hoop. New York helped her find her avant-garde look, with short, red hair and colourful outfits – a look that made her nose look more prominent. Yet, she was still met with criticism.

But it was that criticism that made her stronger. Today, she is a burlesque dancer and continues to dress to accentuate her nose. She considers it her most distinctive feature and can’t imagine having it any other way.