My Dear Girls,
There is one thing I can guarantee that you will hear from me every day: that you are beautiful.
There are some people who think that girls shouldn’t hear that. Some people think that I should only tell you that you are smart, and funny, strong, and kind. I will tell you all of those things. And, I will tell you that you are beautiful, too.
I want you to hear me now. Because, when you’re older it will be so much harder for you to. My voice will be drowned out by the rest of the world. Hear this first.
I can promise you that the world will try to tell you what you “have to be” to be beautiful. They will try to tell you what your waistline should measure. What color your skin should be. What color your hair and your eyes should be. But, the world is made much more awesome by all of the different shapes, sizes, and colors in it.
They will try to tell you what kind of clothes to wear. Some will tell you that you have to wear makeup to be beautiful. Others will tell you that you shouldn’t wear makeup to be beautiful. Some will tell you that you should have a thigh gap. Others will tell you that you cannot be beautiful without curves.
They will tell you a million different things. They will try to sell you a million different things.
And, one day, someone will try to make you feel like you are not beautiful enough.
Why? The truth is, Mommy doesn’t always know why. Maybe it’s because some people are just assholes. Some people like to make others feel small so that they can feel bigger. Some people were never taught to be nice to others because it makes the world a better place if we lift each other up instead of tear each other down. Maybe they were never told they are beautiful.
So, this is what I have to tell you about it. Listen, little birds, this is important.
That’s right. Fuck ’em, and be your own kind of beautiful.
Fuck ’em because there is no beauty that compares to the light that ignites inside of you when you follow your heart and feel good about yourself, no matter what you’re wearing. And, the most precious people you will have in your life will be there because they see your light.
Fuck ’em because you are your own canvas, and you can make yourself your own work of art. Fuck ’em because life and fashion and hair should be fun, and not something dictated by anyone else.
You are so incredibly beautiful, my loves. I will tell you every day.