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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
I am Beautiful: When I Look at Me, I See… is a nonfiction book by Simone Da Costa aimed at empowering young black women through self acceptance. The author uses subtle physical attributes to show that there should be no black and white rules on beauty; rather, beauty comes from the ability to look at yourself and say, "I am beautiful," instead of giving in to the world's notions about what beauty should be. She shows that beauty begins with knowing who you are and accepting yourself the way you are, instead of giving in to popular idealistic images. The book also shows the important role parents play in this struggle for self-acceptance and how the words said to a child will have a very big impact - hence, parents should choose their words carefully.
Simone Da Costa says everyone is beautiful and beauty is much more than physical features. I am Beautiful does not ignore the existence of physical beauty, but instead shows that there are no clear-cut lines on what beauty is, unlike what is currently perceived as beauty around the world. Beauty is the result of how you choose to look at yourself and refusing to give in to the current preset demarcations. By including questions and exercises in the book, it enables readers to look past the preset lines on what is and is not beautiful and look at the notion of beauty from a whole new angle.