Jenna Bush Hager Pens Emotional Letter About Body Image to Her Daughters: "You are More Than Enough"

Jenna Bush Hager Pens Emotional Letter About Body Image to Her Daughters: “You are More Than Enough”

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In the era of photoshop and Instagram celebrities, loving yourself is difficult. Jenna Bush Hager — like most women — struggled with how she saw herself growing up. Now, she’s writing an emotional letter on body image to her young daughters.


To my darling girls: Mila and Poppy,

When I’m on the road, traveling away from you, I compulsively scroll through photos of you on my phone. I look at your eyes bright, your smiles wide, your skin pure. I have never seen anything more beautiful than the two of you.

But, my darling girls, that purity and light I see in your eyes could one day be shattered by our world. You will see images on TV and in movies and magazines to which you will inevitably compare yourself. And you will feel that you come up short. I know that I did.

My hearts, you, too, will look in the mirror and not always like what you see. You might not feel skinny enough or pretty enough. But if Daddy and I do our jobs, you will look in the mirror and always like who you see. And that, my babes, is far more important.

My parents — your Jefe and Grammee — told me that I was smart and kind and pretty. They told me that I was enough. I didn’t always believe them when they said I was beautiful. But, my darlings, I was lucky because even though your grandparents encouraged me to like what I see, they emphasized that I should like how I think, how I care and how I make those around me feel.

They taught me that who I am is more important than how I look. And that if I radiate love, kindness and empathy, I can bring some light to this dark world (and isn’t that better than being a size zero?).

So, my precious babes, always, always know that just by being authentically you, you are more than enough. And my hope is that one day, when you stand judging yourself in front of a mirror, you can see yourself the way I that I see you.

I adore you, my beauties,

Mom

Read the full letter here.

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