As much as I love beauty and makeup, another huge love of mine is music and movies. I actually get quite a bit of beauty and style inspiration from them.
In fact, I get a lot of inspiration from them – I recently got so much inspiration from another film in terms of “French Girl Beauty”, and then again from the recent Cinderella movie.
So it’s no surprise that The Help, another great movie I only discovered while I was sick in bed, had quite a “beauty” impact on me.
Have you seen it yet? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it! One particular moment in it really inspired me, and compelled me to write about it here.
Basically, there is a scene – a couple, actually – where Abilene, the domestic helper, holds the young girl of the family she is taking care of, looks her in her eye and slowly and lovingly says the following:
“You is kind, you is smart, you is important.”
Isn’t that great? (Check out the clip here).
But the real thing to notice is that she didn’t mention the word “beautiful”.
Now I’m not a parent or anywhere close – the closest I’ve come to kids is babysitting – but I know how important it is to lift your child’s self esteem and make sure she knows she is beautiful.
And while I agree wih this – and I will definitely tell my daughter, if I have one, that she is beautiful – I love how Aibileen didn’t. Her not saying the child was beautiful showed the child that beauty is not the focus in life, and focused on what’s really important: “you is kind” (her heart) “you is smart” (her brain) “you is important” (her self worth).
So she was basically encouraging her inner beauty, above all.