Hillary Clinton just gave her 11-year-old self advice that is perfect for all ages

We’re obsessed with the interview that Hillary Clinton just gave to 11-year-old Marley Dias.

Of course we all know who Hillary is, but to give you some background on her young interviewer, the 7th grader is the editor of Elle‘s zine Marley Mag and the creator of the #1000BlackGirlBooks movement, a book drive designed to seek out children’s lit that features awesome black female characters, because young Dias was“sick of reading books about white boys and dogs.”


As you can imagine, Dias’ interview with Clinton was insightful, hilarious, and more than a little bookish. Through the interview, we found out that Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was the first book in which Hillary saw herself represented, particularly in the character of Jo.


When Dias asked Clinton what her favorite black girl book is, Clinton explained that Maya Angelou is one of her favorite writers and she straight-up loves her book I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

Hillary also opened up about one of her most embarrassing moments growing up:

"It was my first week of high school, and I was excited and nervous. At that time, I wore my hair in a ponytail or held back with a headband. When I saw the older girls with their hair in little bobs, I thought that looked so much more grown-up, so I begged my mother to take me to a real beauty parlor to get my hair cut. Our neighbor recommended a man who had a small shop behind a grocery store, and he got distracted talking to my mother and hacked off a huge chunk of my hair! I was mortified. So I tried to fix it by wearing a fake ponytail to school. And then a friend of mine accidentally pulled it off in front of everyone. Which of course was a nightmare. At the time, I felt like it might have been the worst moment of my life."

And when Marley asked if Clinton could give advice to her 11-year-old self, Hillary had the absolutely perfect answer:

"I would say that when you have a big dream or you're trying to solve a big problem, there will always be people who tell you that you can't. Here's my advice: don't listen. Keep striving for your goals, and remember that it's good to be ambitious. There's nothing wrong with knowing what you want and going after it." 


To read the full interview, head over to Elle.

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