When was the last time you were on the receiving end of a backhanded beauty compliment? I have a gazillion aunts, and old ladies like to talk to me on trains and in department store lines, so I get them all the time.
It’s like, the more pleasant your disposition is, the more often you get stung by oldies but baddies like, “You have such a pretty face.” Oh, why thank you, one day I’ll get around to doing something about the rest of this [gestures downward from neck].
But seriously. It stings. You feel paralyzed for a second or two. And then what? Do you say thank you? Not really.
So what do you say without totally waffling and just accepting the s*&t pie you’ve been fed? Especially when it’s NOT coming from a little old lady or a family member. What if it’s someone at work? Or one of those all-too-helpful (like, TOO helpful) sales clerks at Sephora? How do you stand up for yourself/show them the err of their ways without making it weird(er)?
I made a list of some of the backhanded compliments I've received or overheard or read on the Internet. You tell me: WHAT DO YOU SAY?
- You should wear your hair like that more often.
- What are you using on your skin? It looks soooo much better.
- Do you know who you look like [insert person you look NOTHING like, but share one, ONE physical trait with]?
- But you look good with roots.
- That haircut is so slimming.
- You look great for your age.
- You could look really pretty if you tried.
- Photos just don’t do you justice.
- You’re so pretty. Have you ever thought about plus-size modeling?
- You’re so skinny! Eat something.
- I would love to give you a makeover!
And what's the worst backhanded beauty compliment you've ever received? How did you respond? How do you wish you'd responded?
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