Her father Jim is tall, slim and command's an enviable salary in the advertising industry. Her mother Christina has porcelain skin, fine bone structure and a luscious mane of dark hair. Both are also self-centred and outspoken and have shown disappointment towards Victoria's looks ever since she was born. As she grow older, it is apparent that Victoria easily puts on those unwanted kilos.
Victoria's father always refer to her as "our tester cake", and commented that she look like Queen Elizabeth.
Then Gracie was born.
Gracie is the perfect baby. She has the same white skin as her mother. She has a raven dark hair, big brown eyes just like her parents and a perfectly formed tiny pink lip. They all agree that, although it's not a boy, they got it right this time.
Victoria's parents and her sister can devour anything and don't seem to gain an ounce. While she has to watch whatever she eats and endure the belittling comments about her body from her parents, who completely ignore her academic achievements. She indulges in ice-cream and oversize portions of wrong food for comfort.
Victoria knows that she needs to leave home, and pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. After finishing college she then moves to New York and lands a job in the most prestigious school.
Amidst the intense enjoyment that she feels on being able to fulfil her vocation, and also despite her regular gym visits, she still wages a war on her weight. The tension with her parents still continues and regardless of all her achievements, it is ignored. In her father's eyes, she will always be the "big girl", but Victoria never stops loving her baby sister, Gracie.
When Gracie mets a man who has a narcissistic tendency like her father, Victoria tried to persuade her not to marry him, to no avail, leaving her with a feeling that she failed again.
As the wedding grows closer, the tension amongst the family intensifies. A family confrontation leads to a turning point. Would she be able to forgive them for the abuse that her parents inflicted on her since she was a little girl? Can she accept that she is beautiful, intelligent, and no matter what happens in the future she is a woman of substance?
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