“This is about my someday daughter:
When you approach me, already stung-stained with insecurity begging, “Mom, will I be pretty?”
I will wipe that question from your mouth like cheap lipstick and answer, “No—the word pretty is unworthy of everything you will be and no child of mine will be contained in six letters.
You will be
pretty intelligent,
pretty creative,
pretty amazing,
but you will never be merely
pretty.”

—Katie Makkai

(photograph by Louie Aguila)

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