Girls are judged for every little thing, including our hair. The latest victim is Andi Eigenmann’s daughter Ellie. Recently, she decided to cut her hair short into a low-maintenance pixie cut. Unsurprisingly, Andi started getting negative comments from strangers. On Instagram she shared that they, “[assumed] that it has something to do with her gender identity, or simply telling me how much of a waste it was to cut her hair [off] because ‘she was so beautiful.’” Excuse you, she still is.
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She discovered a new fashion staple for herself today! You look great, @ellieeigengirl 🤟🏼 Been receiving so much comments from strangers asking me what happened to Ellie’s hair, assuming that it has something to do with her gender identity, or simply telling me how much of a waste it was to cut her hair of because “she was so beautiful”. My daughter STILL IS beautiful, and no matter how much she will change through time, she always will be. Because it was never her long hair that made her look good. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, yes. But it saddens me how people (specially other women) are making me feel like Ellie cannot feel or be beautiful just because of her hair. I am trying to raise a child that is comfortable in her own skin. That is confident in being true to who she is, regardless of what others may think. As a mother though, it gets scary for me to raise my child around people who think this way. Why can’t we just learn to support and encourage other women to be confident, and strong, and to stay true to who they are, rather than bringing them down for being this way? Whoever said that there is a hair length requirement for beauty? They’re bonkers.
Just like Andi, it saddens me that this is considered a “normal” response, and it needs to stop. “I am trying to raise a child that is comfortable in her own skin,” Andi shared. “That is confident in being true to who she is, regardless of what other may think.”
If you don’t see the problem here, let me point it out for you. Ellie is just a young girl and already people are forcing their expectations on her. They’re already starting to question her small decisions. Imagine what will happen when she’s older. It honestly doesn’t end and this is speaking from experience. The only way for that to change is for other people to open their minds, adjust their thinking, and maybe just mind their own business too.
Photo courtesy of Andi Eigenmann’s Instagram account
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