High School Girls Cover Bathroom Mirrors to Tell Their Friends They're Gorgeous

Pssst, you don't even need to look in the mirror, girl, just take our word for it -- you're gorgeous. That's the message the upperclassmen girls at Trinity Academy in Kansas wanted to send the younger girls, so they covered all of the girls' bathroom mirrors with butcher paper and wrote Bible verses and affirmations about what really matters -- the girl you are on the inside, not what's in the mirror.

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These are girls who must have some mighty fierce mamas at home.

What a lovely counterpoint to the messages high school girls get bombarded with every day from ads and media and society at large that tells them unless they can meet a very strict set of beauty standards (thin, white, sexy, mute) they aren't valued by society. It's also nice to see a group of older girls taking the time to show kindness to younger girls who probably idolize them.

Jordan Melugin, a senior at Trinity Academy who participated in the project, says she hopes the effort will be a reminder for girls to love themselves just a little bit more.

“I really hope that people will see this and see that there are girls out there who are encouraging other girls to just be who they are,” she said. “So I just hope that it continues growing on that.”

The project has received some criticism, but the intention behind it is sweet and earnest and will probably set a tone for the rest of the school year. And it's nice to think about a group of girls starting off high school with a little reminder that their value has nothing to do with how closely they happen to resemble Taylor Swift. 

Let's take a cue from those sweet little ladies in Kansas and a hard, close look at the things we tell our daughters. Because the real work toward body positivity for our girls begins at home with mama. I for one am going to try this one on the ride home from school today: "You know what I love about you? Everything."

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"I love that you can run forever and pick yourself right back up no matter how hard you fall down," I'm going to tell my little girl. "I love how you go stiff with stubborn rage when I suggest you eat something besides cookies. I love your kind sensitive heart."

The world will spend plenty of time picking apart her every feature and flaw. It's a terrible reality every girl is going to face. Unless, of course, we raise an entire generation as strong as these girls at Trinity Academy. Wouldn't that be a beautiful thing?

 

 

Image via Trinity Academy/Facebook

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