You might have heard the saying, "So you've got beauty and brains, but have you got brawn?"
It has occurred to me that you are all incredibly beautiful and brilliant (and no, the "C" you might have received on your calculus pop quiz has nothing to do with how smart you truly are), but maybe, just maybe you're lacking in courage. And courage, my dears, is quite possibly the most admirable quality of the three "B"s -- because you can be born without it and still have it.
I'm saying this on behalf of all the adolescent girls in the world (including myself). I can tell from the emails you send me -- how worried you are about college, how you really don't know what to wear to the school dance, how you don't know how to communicate with your friends or family, how you're not sure whether to make the first move or not -- and trust me, I feel the same way.
So I don't really know how to help you. Honestly.
I recently read the following article in The New York Times: Girl Power at School, but Not at the Office. I definitely recommend you read it when you have two spare minutes; it talks about women generally not doing as well as men in the workplace because they expect the "real world" to give them what they deserve just as their college professor gave them the grade they deserved on their midterm.
Unfortunately, the "real world" is not fair. Oftentimes, we do not get what we rightfully deserve, no matter how much brains or beauty we've got, unless we fight for it.
And so, my lovelies, whether we're the Blair Waldorfs or Jenny Humphreys of the world, please stand up for yourself. Please fight for your beliefs, your family, and your friends. Please don't let your bulwark of potential greatness be torn down by the indifferent glance of a boy or a smirk at your outfit. Please be your charming selves no matter how despicable the opposition may be to you. Please be tolerant. Please be patient, but please let go before you're hurt. Please wear what you want, do what you want, say what you want -- as long as you don't hurt others.
And contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be Blair Waldorf or a bitch to be someone irreplaceable -- those are two "B"s you can disregard.
P.S. Gala knows how wonderful you are: 1 and 2.