Gabrielle Union graces the cover of the latest EBONY magazine, and inside, pens a letter to her younger self. The actress stresses self-love in terms of her complexion and maintaining an overall sense of self worth.
“Your deep Mahogany skin may not resemble that of the others in your family, but it’s just as gorgeous and you’re just as worthy….One day you’ll appreciate how much your brown skin shines in the moonlight, glistens in the sun and ages ever so slowly.
Don’t let that pesky low self-esteem creep in and fool you into believing that you don’t have value…don’t allow it to crush your will or dampen your spirit…Never worry about LOVE….real love will find you….an incredible love with an incredible man….there is a beautiful rainbow at the end of your storm.
Don’t let other people’s needs, wants, desires, fantasies, hopes or dreams dictate your choices and decisions. Follow your own path, and don’t worry that you’re being selfish or disloyal.”
What would you write to your younger self? I’d say stuff like, “Don’t eat those chicken nuggets. It’s not worth it. Okay, just don’t eat all 20, all the time.” I’d also add, “Don’t take out the private student loans, strip instead.” Oh, and of course, “Boy, go run track. Trust me.”
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