Teyana Taylor Just Wrote the Script for Empowering Our Daughters


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Teyana Taylor isn't afraid to speak her mind, recently reminding us to love our bodies, stretch marks and all. (Who, though, can forget her slaying us with some serious dance moves in Kanye's "Fade" video, just eight months after giving birth?!) Yep, this celeb mama gives us #goals. And now Taylor's giving us another reason to pay attention as she shares a powerful letter to her daughter, Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr., that is inspiration to moms everywhere.

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Striking a pose beside her little "June Bug," the 26-year-old posted a love letter to her little girl that will give you all the feels.

Go ahead and grab yourself a tissue before you read Taylor's strong message to her adorable little girl. 

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Dear @babyjunie4 Since your first breath, life has become so much more. Everything makes so much sense now. You are my motivation and you bring the greatness out in me. You are my heart. I knew at first glance that it was love. As we gazed into each other's eyes and you thanked me for life, all I could think of is how much I should be thanking you. Not a tear from you as we watched your father cry. As you grow older, you will understand that life is a long road that you cannot travel without having people pointing fingers at you. We live in a world where people have the right to their opinions, however you have the right to refuse them as your truth. People only have as much power as you give them. Remember that. Be resilient and let the rain of judgments and insults slide down your umbrella of indifference. Bug, you have the ability to operate at a whole new level of permission for yourself. Never dim your light so that others can handle your brightness. Refuse to be objectified because of your race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Define your success, not by the words of others, but by the work, efforts, love and faith that you will pour into all of the things that you do. Embrace diversity in all kinds of people. In a world in which some leaders choose to exploit people's ignorance and create anxiety, reject their claims. Our lack of understanding of others and lack of open mindedness is what promotes division, rejection, hatred, fear and blame. I promise you a world filled with love and I'm going to give you that. You were worth every kick, every contraction and beauty mark. You are a beautiful distraction from this imperfect world; my beautiful sanctuary. As you grow carry yourself as a beautiful black queen without limits. I look forward to watching you develop your own grace, wisdom and patience in the essence of God’s perfect timing. Remember that you can do and achieve anything. As long as you can see it's real, anything is possible. Mommy loves you June Bug, always and forever. â�¤ï¸ï¿½

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WOW. She wrote:

Since your first breath, life has become so much more. Everything makes so much sense now. You are my motivation and you bring the greatness out in me. You are my heart. I knew at first glance that it was love. As we gazed into each other's eyes and you thanked me for life, all I could think of is how much I should be thanking you.

As I read this, I can't help but think of my own mother -- a woman who has always made me feel loved, much in the way that I imagine Taylor will for her daughter.

My mom (even to this day) tells me that I can do and be whatever I want -- that I am beautiful, smart, and talented. This is my normal.

But I understand that's not every girl's situation. And no, I am not mommy-shaming anyone out there or saying that every mom needs to make a grand declaration of love for her daughter (photo shoot included). 

I'm saying that what this rock star mom has done is something that mothers need to do more of, which is tell their daughters that they are so much more than what the world will try to define them as. 

And for young girls, especially those of color, this conversation is one that has to start early.

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Taylor makes the point:

As you grow older, you will understand that life is a long road that you cannot travel without having people pointing fingers at you. We live in a world where people have the right to their opinions, however you have the right to refuse them as your truth. People only have as much power as you give them. Remember that.

Preach.

Just being born female already subjects young girls to stereotypes that are only magnified as they grow older and have to face a world and a workforce that continuously undervalues their worth.

Not only is Taylor addressing some hard truths, but she's also giving her daughter the encouragement that she'll ultimately need as she grows up:

Bug, you have the ability to operate at a whole new level of permission for yourself. Never dim your light so that others can handle your brightness. Refuse to be objectified because of your race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Define your success, not by the words of others, but by the work, efforts, love and faith that you will pour into all of the things that you do.

While her 1-year-old can't possibly understand what any of this means right now, one day she'll realize how lucky she is to have a mom who clearly loves and supports her no matter what. 

And isn't that what all moms wants for their girls -- for them to know that they are loved unconditionally for being who they are? 

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Taylor's message is a reminder of that and also a reminder to make sure that these little girls know it. 

Make sure that she knows she's beautiful (inside and out).

Make sure that she knows she's smart. 

Make sure that she knows she can do anything -- because she can.

And if you haven't today, do like this mom, and make sure that she knows you love her.

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