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Alaina Leary

Alaina Leary is an editor, writer, and social media manager from Boston. She can often be found reading or covered in glitter.
When I was a kid, I learned not to exist. I could shrink myself down into the smallest physical fraction of my body possible and hide in that space. That’s what I would do when I was walking down the stairs of my elementary school, one step at a time, hands clutching the handrails, as other kids pushed me out of the way. I made myself small, and left my body—which was shaky, uncoordinated,...