I don’t paint my nails that often at the moment. Like many people I’m struggling with motivation to get dressed up. It’s been all too easy to let things slide when I can’t go out to meet people and show off my aesthetic. And then I look up and realise I haven’t painted my nails in months. When I brushed on the first coat I was reminded why I love nail polish.
I love the way it brings a subtle accent to my aesthetic. A flash of colour popping off against my clothes. A splash of colour which draws attention to my hands and highlights their movements. A little hint of queer magic which can enchant and draw people in.
Above all though, it’s another little way to carry my transness with me. When I catch my colourful nails from the corner of my eyes I get a little thrill. A flash of gender euphoria which puts a smile on my lips and a spring in my step. When I look at this picture I see a glamorous queer, something I never dared dream of when I was younger. It encapsulates a freedom, a feeling of being at home in my body which I never expected.
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