These Are the Perfect Comebacks to Backhanded Compliments ...

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She may be young in years, but 19-year-old Vanessa Papastavros already knows the agony of being "paid" a backhanded, sexist compliment. So she's drawn the perfect responses to the passive-aggressive body-shaming anti-compliments we've all heard — and they're awesome. Here's a sampling.

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Hair Color

Hair Color

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"Too Tall"

"Too Tall"

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Racism Much?

Racism Much?

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"still" Single

"still" Single

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Style Sense

Style Sense

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No Wife for You!

No Wife for You!

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I Knew!

I Knew!

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Make-up Madness

Make-up Madness

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The audacity to comment on your bold choice of eyeshadow can be enough to make your mascara run – but not today, honey! When they hit you with a "Wow, that's a lot of makeup for a casual day," you can dab that highlighter with pride and retort with, "Thanks! I’m really enjoying expressing myself, it’s like my face is my own personal canvas." Let your lips shine with that extra glitter gloss and remember, makeup is your armor, and every brush stroke is a battle won.

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Photo-Ready

Photo-Ready

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What?!

What?!

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Blond?

Blond?

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Butt out!

Butt out!

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A Weighty Issue

A Weighty Issue

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I See

I See

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Courage?

Courage?

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Hair

Hair

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Classy!

Classy!

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Sisters!

Sisters!

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Lookin' Good!

Lookin' Good!

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A Meal? What?

A Meal? What?

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STFU

STFU

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Make-up?

Make-up?

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Flattery

Flattery

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I Hate This One...

I Hate This One...

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Boobs

Boobs

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My Face!

My Face!

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Asian...

Asian...

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Pretty Face

Pretty Face And a few extra bonus panels, just in case...

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This image is of a young woman with a confident, beautiful expression on her face. The accompanying caption is a reminder that we should all have a few comebacks ready for backhanded compliments. It's important to remember that we are not obligated to take criticism from others, and we should never be afraid to stand up for ourselves. This image is a great reminder to all women that they are strong, capable, and beautiful, and they should never let anyone make them feel otherwise.

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In Case You Didn't Know...

In Case You Didn't Know...

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To All the Haters

To All the Haters

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Works in Every Scenario, Actually...

Works in Every Scenario, Actually...

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Actually... Nope!

Actually... Nope!

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You Should!

You Should! To see more of Vanessa's amazingly fabulous work, follow her on Tumblr at vanscribbles.tumblr.com. Seriously. Do it now!

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She's a cool artist but I didn't appreciate the lame, unfunny 'comebacks' Juvenile and boring.

These are so whack. She should stick to being an artist...

Ok I see I'm not the only one who thought this was terribly lame

Well, I thought it was interesting. I liked the pictures and am glad to know that I'm not the only person who's gotten those "compliments". The people who say them usually don't mean any harm but they can still get to you.

Very interesting post

I can't even read them because the pictures move when you scroll. Not comebacks but a great way of looking at things and she's a great artist too.

Omg so lame

So confused 😰

Such an incredibly lame and juvenile article.

most of these have terrible comebacks-the ones that dont dont make any sense

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