As if we didn’t love Jenna Bush Hager enough already, the TODAY host goes and writes this incredibly inspiring open letter to her daughters. And we can’t thank her enough for publicly sharing an important reminder girls need to hear these days—who you are is more important than how you look.
Of course, many of us learn this lesson from day one. But when you’re surrounded by images of picture-perfect women in mainstream media, it’s easy to forget that it’s not reality for most women—sometimes not even for the women being photographed! And even if it was, that’s far from being the only thing that counts in the long run. So it never hurts to remind ourselves of that—but now Jenna Bush Hager has us wanting to remind the special little girls in our lives of that, too.
The mom of two opened her letter on a sweet note, telling her daughters she’s never seen anyone more beautiful than them.
“It is the way you look—your blue eyes (that I longed for as a girl) and your golden hair—but more than that, it is YOU! I see all of you: your kindness, your exuberance, your creativity and, yes, your rambunctious humor,” she wrote.
Too sweet! But then, her note quickly took a turn to warn them about what may be in their future.
“But, my darling girls, that purity and light I see in your eyes could one day be shattered by our world,” she wrote. “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.”
Jenna Bush Hager then recalled her own awkward moments of adolescence, including wearing braces and being one of the tallest girls in class, and experiencing the heartbreaking moment a boy broke up with her after a swim date.
She acknowledged that she did not always like what she saw when she looked in the mirror. But luckily, she had her parents by her side to guide and support her during those tough times.
“My parents—your Jefe and Grammee—told me that I was smart and kind and pretty. They told me that I was enough,” she said. “They taught me that who I am is more important than how I look.”
But she warned her precious girls as they got older, they may have the same struggle she did of not always loving what they see in the mirror.
“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,” she wrote.
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Aww! To seal it off perfectly, she ended on this sweet note.
“So, my precious babes, always, always know that just by being authentically you, you are more than enough,” she wrote. “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.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
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01 George HW & Barbara
George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush married in 1945. George H.W. was sworn in as the 41st president in 1989.
02 George W Bush
George W. Bush
George W. Bush was born in 1946. He is the oldest Bush child and became the 43rd president when he took office in 2001. In 1977, he married Laura Welch and a few years later they had fraternal twin girls: Jenna and Barbara.
The pair recently celebrated their 70th birthday together at their home in Texas. County musician George Strait performed at the private party.
11 Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush and her sister Jenna, were born in 1981. She is the older twin. Barbara followed in her father and grandfather's footsteps, graduating from Yale. She co-founded a nonprofit called Global Heath Corps in 2008.
10 Jenna Bush Hager Kids
Jenna Bush Hager
Jenna Bush Hager is the younger twin. In 2008, she married Henry Chase Hager, and they have two daughters: Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager, born in April 2013, and Poppy Louise Hager, born in August 2015.
04 Robin Pauline Bush
Robin Pauline Bush
Robin Bush was born in 1949 just a few years after her older brother George W. She passed away in 1953 from leukemia just before her fourth birthday.
03 Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush was born in 1953. He served as the governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, and ran for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination before dropping out. He married Columba Gallo in 1974, and they have three children: George P., Noelle, and Jeb Jr.
13 George P Bush Kids
George Prescott Bush
George P. Bush was born in 1976, and he followed his father and uncle into politics. He married his wife Amanda in 2004, and they have two sons: Prescott, born in June 2013, and John, born in April 2015.
Noelle Bush was born in 1977. She currently works as an office manager for a software solutions company.
15 Jeb Bush Jr Now
Jeb Bush Jr.
The younger Jeb Bush was born in 1983. In 2005, he married Sandra Mary Algudady, and they have two children: Georgia Helena Walker Bush, born in 2011, and Vivian Alexandra Columba Bush, born in 2014.
07 Neil Bush Now
Neil Bush was born in 1955. He was married to Sharon Smith from 1980 to 2003, and their marriage produced three children: Lauren, Pierce, and Ashley. In 2004, the businessman married his current wife, Maria Andrews (pictured). They don't have children together.
Lauren Bush Husband Neil
Born in 1985, Lauren Bush is Neil's oldest child. In 2011, she married David Lauren, clothing designer Ralph Lauren's younger son. The pair have one child, a boy named James, who was born in 2015.
Pierce Bush Neil
Piece Bush, Neil's only son, was born in 1986. He is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star.
The youngest of Neil and Sharon's children, Ashley Bush was born in 1989. She attended Barnard College in New York City.
08 Marvin Bush Now
Born in 1956, Marvin Bush is the youngest Bush son. He and his wife Margaret Molster adopted two children: Marshall and Walker.
Marshall Bush was born in 1986 and adopted from the Gladney Center in Ft. Worth, Texas. In November of 2015, Marshall married Nick Rossi.
Walker Bush, born in 1989, was also adopted along with sister Marshall, from the Gladney Center.
Dorothy Bush Now
Born in 1959, Dorothy Bush is the youngest Bush child and the only surviving daughter. She has two children with ex-husband William LeBlond: Sam and Ellie; and two children with her current husband Bobby Koch (pictured): Robert and Gigi.
Sam LeBlond was born in 1985, and he's the oldest son from Dorothy's first marriage to William LeBlond. In 2016, Sam married Lee Bobbitt.
Ellie was born in 1988, and she is Dorothy's second child from her first marriage. In 2014, she married Nick Sosa.
Robert Koch Collage
Robert was born in 1993 and has kept a low profile on social media. This photo is from 2004.
Georgia "Gigi" Koch
Gigi Koch was born in 1996. She is Dorothy's youngest child, and her second child with second husband Bobby Koch.
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