"It's amazing to look at my two year old daughter and see how much she already understands about love and beauty. I pray that her concept and perspective of beauty isn't tarnished as she grows. Its one of my greatest fears as a mother. She is so happy, loving, and free spirited, and I don't want her to grow up in a world where she risks being robbed of that because society tells her she isn't good enough. She is more than enough.
I pray that she remains sweet and humble, and that she always carries a love and respect for herself and her worth.
I hope she always sees the beauty in her intellect and the power in loving herself. I tell her that she's beautiful when she wakes in the morning with her curls everywhere and bits of sleep in her eyes, and I tell her she is beautiful when she is wearing her favorite dress and boots, her curls framing her face. We pray, talk, love, and adventure together and she has even started telling mommy she is beautiful. There is no time when her beauty doesn't exist, and we celebrate that. Even in making mistakes and learning from them, there is beauty. Even in tough moments and frustration, there is beauty. We talk about it and I know she understands.
I am so grateful that the representation of little black girls in our society is slowly changing and allowing our girls to self identify with dolls on shelves, or main characters on screens. There are more beautiful images, positive messages, stronger communities, and powerful initiatives than I was ever exposed to as a child, and I love it. I look at characters like Doc McStuffins, brands like Happy Hair, and role models like our First Lady Michelle Obama and I am so happy to support them because they are encouraging and supporting me as a parent. We are empowering our girls to see that they are just as important, just as beautiful, and have every right to be celebrated. That is what I look forward to teaching my daughter as she grows, and my hope is that it is something she carries with her forever."
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