Beautiful Woman

Beautiful Woman is a 9th grade South African student’s adaptation of Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman. Over the past three months, Write to Live has directed its focus toward Girls Empowerment. A number of 9th grade girls have met to engage in conversations, activities and reflections surrounding self-love, sisterhood and career goals while still mastering English as their second language. Below is a poem/affirmation one beautiful young lady wrote and shared.


Many people wonder why I’m so confident

I’m not as beautiful as you can see

But you know what my secret is?southafricanbeauty

I never give up

I’m never afraid or scared

I embrace myself

You know why?

Because I know I’m beautiful

Inside and Out.

The things is…

I used to go into a room full of people

And wonder if they loved me

Till I realized No!

I have to be strong

Now I go into a room full of people

And wonder if I like them

You know why?

Because I know I’m beautiful

Inside and Out.

I wake up Everyday…

Come to school for my destiny

And not Anything Else

My confidence stands

Even on my weakness

I say true to myself… do you?

You know why?

Because I know I’m beautiful

Inside and Out.


Nomceba B. |9th Grader, Durban, South Africa


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