Recently I was driving my daughter to school and she said to me: "Mama, I'm the ugliest girl I know. I look like a boy with long hair.' And my brain went to 'Oh my god, you're six. Where is this coming from? Who said this? Can I kick a sex-year-old's ass?' But I didn't say anything and instead I went home and I made a PowerPoint presentation for her and in that presentation were androgynous rock stars and artists that live their truth, are probably made fun of every day of their life and carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us. And these are artists like Michael Jackson and David Bowie and Freddie Mercury and Annie Lennox and Prince and Janis Joplin and George Michael, Elton John. So many artists, her eyes glazed over. But then I said, 'I really want to know why you feel this way about yourself?' And she said 'Well, I look like a boy.' I said, 'What do you think I look like?' And she said, 'You're beautiful.' And I was like, 'Well, thanks!' But I said, 'When people make fun of me, that's what they use. They say that I look like a boy, or I'm too masculine or I have too many opinions, my body is too strong. Do you see me growing my hair?' She said, 'No, Mama.' I said, 'Do you see me changing my body?"
'Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?"
'Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?"
So baby-girl, we don't change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl and we help other people to change, so that they can see more kinds of beauty. And to all the artists here, I'm so inspired by all of you. Thank you for being your true selves and for lighting the way for us. I'm so inspired by you guys. There's so much rad happening right now in music. Keep doing it. Keep shining for the rest of us to see. And you, my darling girl, are beautiful and I love you.
I remember reminding myself that beauty is an opinion, not a fact. And it has always made me feel better.BeautyHayden Panettiere
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.Beauty, Self-ConfidenceThich Nhat Hanh
She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn't beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul.Beauty, Love declerationsF. Scott Fitzgerald
That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste.Beauty, AppearanceJohn Green in Paper Towns
Every girl is beautiful. Sometimes it just takes the right guy to see it.Love, Beauty, Valentine's DayNicholas Sparks in The Notebook
He called you pretty... That's practically an insult, the way you look right now... You're much more than beautiful.Love, BeautyStephenie Meyer in Twilight
But it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst.BeautyAmerican Beauty, by Lester Burnham
I find the whole concept of being "sexy" embarrassing and confusing. If I do an interview with photographs, people desperately want to change me - dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there's the choice of clothes. I knew everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that's not me. I feel uncomfortable. I'd never go out in a mini-skirt. It's nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image. I wouldn't do that. Personally, I don't actually think it's even that sexy. What's sexy about saying "I'm here with my boobs out and a short skirt, have a look at everything I've got"? My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal, the more people can wonder.Beauty, Self-ConfidenceEmma Watson
Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.Beauty, Birthday, AgeCoco Chanel