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Jessica is really skinny. She started going through puberty and developing in certain ways but she’s flat chested. There’s just not much happening with that for her. Also, she hasn’t gotten her period yet, and so those two things – her being a late bloomer – have the girls at her school, and in her grade, making fun of her.
It really all started all the way back in 4th grade. This was when all the other girls started developing, and she didn’t. Her friends started getting curves, real curves, while Jessica stayed undeveloped or underdeveloped, and flat. And that’s when people made fun of her and when all of a sudden she looked just a little bit different than the other girls around her. Because she was a late bloomer, they really insulted her.
The insults kelpt coming, so she did what she had always been told to do when kids make fun of you or bully you, she went to a trusted adult to tell them, a Teacher looking for advice. But the Teacher just told her to try to ignore it. And, even though she tried, it turned out to be almost impossible – she saw these kids every day, where they made fun of her flat chest and skinny body – called her “flat,” and “ironing board” and "little boy". And the hard part of it was, some of these kids who teased and made fun of her were her friends, or at least they used to be.
They would always have these private girl talk moments where they would discuss their periods and how much and how quickly they were developing, and whenever Jessica would try to join the conversation they would stop talking, or just tell her “you wouldn’t know what we’re talking about.”
In 6th grade, everything got much harder because for some reason, all at once, all the girls in her grade started getting bigger, and curvier, and just started looking more like young women than little girls. And the boys started noticing – a lot. And when the boys started paying attention to that stuff, they also joined in on the teasing and taunting. More names – “toothpick,” “popsicle stick,” and “board,” and she didn’t know what to do.
At one point she had the bright idea that if she just ate more she would put on some pounds and they would turn into curves, but all that did was make her full and sick, and finally, her grandparents put a stop to it. They told her to eat as she always had, and to try to be okay with her body, and that worked for awhile, in fact, things were okay up until she got to 8th grade.
In 8th grade, absolutely everyone had started really developing, like well on their way, and even though Jessica had started down her own path through puberty she still hadn’t gotten her period and even though her chest wasn’t 100% flat anymore, there still wasn’t enough up there to notice. Her chest just hadn't developed yet.
It wouldn’t have been too much of a problem if people didn’t feel the need to go around flaunting their new bodies and all their curves, but Jessica felt like at her school that’s what everybody did whenever they had the chance. But then Jessica discovered padded bras, that made it look like there was more there than there really was, which was fine by her. But, trying it out, and trying really hard to look curvy, everyone noticed what she was up to and they still teased her. One day at lunch a boy in her class told her she looked like a second grader, and even though she laughed it off, inside she felt like she couldn’t take it anymore. She went home that day and cried for hours, and the next day she pretended to be sick so she wouldn’t have to go to school, all because she was flat chested and a late bloomer.
Home from school she was bored, so she decided to just wander around YouTube and ended up finding tons of inspirational stories about body image and puberty and development and really just about loving and respecting your self and your body no matter what the mirror shows you. "I am who I am" she thought. And I love myself for that.
From that moment on, she stopped caring what other people thought, and ignoring what they said. All she cares about is that she loves herself no matter what!
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I go to a very small school with mostly boys and a few girls and for a while when I first started to develop I started a lot earlier then the other girls and so the boys would always be all over me trying to flirt and it got really uncomfortable
I'm almost 12 and I feel like I'm almost fully developed. My curves are killing me. Its rlly hard to sleep since you either have to die sleeping on your stomach, laying on your side then hurting one breast, or laying on your back that isn't comfy. I wish I was a late bloomer it'd be a blessing
Same to me. I'm just flat. I do have my periode but my friends still make fun of me. It's actually really struggling for me because even my family sometimes calls me names. I still don't like my body. And I know I can't change it but that's just life...
WA NO WAT? PUBERTY SUCKS ANYWAY DONT FEEL BAD OR GOOD IT SUCCKKKS ANYWAY AND EVERYONE IS GOING THROUGH AROUND THE SAME THING. DONT BE COCKY AND LOVE YOURSELF AND MOVE ON UDGGSKHLSHKSGSGKHSGKHGSKUHJHSLULSIHLSIHSLIHLIHSLIJSLIJLSJI PUBERTY GETS IN OUR HEADS FIGHT THROUGH IT AND GET OUT YOUR ZOMBIE PROTECTION KIT. WE’LL GET THROUGH THIS.
I have d cups and I don’t really like them, but I know they’re a blessing. They’re always in the way and I get a lot of unwanted attention. Moral of the story, like what you have and don’t wish for something you don’t.
This is ME I'm skinny but not anorexic, flat, and I haven't had my period and I'm 12 and happy I have no worries I'm not monitoring my eating I don't care too much about bras and ain't no craps up in here so live yourself your beautiful weather your a pencil like my or a fancy ads mechanical one
i know how you feel there was a girl in my class and she had sat next to me on the bus for a feild trip and i wore a padded bra then she reached in my bra and said how many pads do you have i kinda just laughed it off after
For men its different cuz us men have dicks we ain't aloud to show so ya all we talk about is tits anyway so yeah good luck with that late bloomers. Also read my name right quick why am i here... Congrats your conection with Jesus has ended.
I'm kinda like excused. I don't know why but people ignore and miss me out when making fun of appearances when I look just like the people they call out and in some cases even worse. I can talk to boys and they don't think anything of me and no one bats an eyelid whereas some other girl I know looks at a boy and they are instantly shipped. It's like a weird immunity. It doesn't make sense since I look partially deformed and look like an easy target for bullying due to my severe scoliosis. Does this happen to other people? Like why is this happening I just find it a bit weird.