By: Danielle Spitz, Regular Contributor
While scrolling through my Instagram feed a few days ago, I found myself stopping on one specific post. The words “smart girls are pretty” read in all caps across my screen. As if these words were not inspiring enough, the post was uploaded by none other than Teen Vogue.
I am not afraid to say I am smart…except when I’m around other people. Is it because boys won’t like it? I’ll sound annoying to my not-so-smart friends? For whatever reason, talking about how much I love history class is pretty much the worst thing anyone could say. Ever. Or at least that’s what I used to think.
The other day I had a free period at school, so I brought my book, Divergent, to school to keep me occupied. I haven’t been able to put it down, so of course I was so excited to open it up later that day. However, my excitement was immediately squashed when I told my friend my plan. The look on her face resembled one of a 5-year-old trying to solve a calculus problem. I was so confused by her confusion that I started to feel embarrassed.
Stumbling across this post from Teen Vogue helped me realize it doesn’t matter what other people think, and no one, including myself, should be embarrassed for being smart. In fact, it is something we should celebrate. Being nerdy truly is beautiful, and something to embrace, not hide. I am proud and confident to say I am one of the biggest nerds you will ever meet. Getting a good grade on a test is the best feeling in the world, and now I don’t care who hears me say it.
The best part is that I can be smart and a girly-girl at the same time. One of the saddest misconceptions for girls is that if they are not only into girly things, they cannot be considered girly. I love reading, I love playing sports, and I still completely consider myself a girly-girl. If the fashion assistant of Teen Vogue can say, “smart girls are pretty,” every girl in the world should believe it too.
We are beautiful because we don’t care what others say. We are beautiful because it doesn’t take someone else to tell us we are for us to believe it. We are beautiful because we have something to offer.
Danielle Spitz is a fashion obsessed 14-year-old student. Her hobbies include reading, writing, running track, and of course, shopping!
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