“It’s time that young girls were sent a different message. A more refined, intelligent message. A message that engaged them at the level of their intellect and potential because implicit in our message to them should be the acknowledgement that they are naturally brilliant and that we believe that they are capable of everything – without ever having to undress to achieve their success. Instead, call out those who deliberately allow their sexual identity to eclipse the genius of their spirit and sacredness of their soul. Tell young girls that they are more than that. Engage with artists who sing, dance, write, design, perform – but whose presentation centers on showcasing the brilliance of their brain, not their body.”
This is the part that I think that is the most important. Michelle Obama has a responsibility as the First Lady to influence. It’s weird that she only ever mentions Beyonce when she’s asked who she admires. What about the other women working alongside her in politics? Or better yet, the women within her circle who we don’t know, but should because of their political power and influence? There are also artists like Janelle Monae, who have the talent, but refuse to strip for mass consumption.
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