text message flashed across my phone yesterday. It was a snapshot of a magazine ad my wife ran across that day… a magazine ad that my daughter had clearly come across earlier, and felt compelled to leave her social commentary for anyone else who should stumble upon it. This is what she saw:
In case you need help translating 3rd grade handwriting it says,
“This lady is ugly. I think you should wear makeup if you want to, not ’cause you have to. Don’t over-do it.”
My daughter may be opinionated. She may be bossy. She may be dramatic. But nobody can say she doesn’t have a strong self-esteem, and there is nothing a young woman needs more, growing up in the world we live in, assaulted on all sides by magazine ads like this, than a strong self-esteem.
Way to push back, honey. You tell ’em what real beauty is. That’s my girl.