Last week, seven-year-old Lilly captured the internet’s heart when her mum, Jennifer, posted an emotionally charged and inspirational letter Hillary Clinton sent to her daughter on her blog.
Earlier in the year, Jennifer Rosen-Heinz sent a note to Hillary Clinton about how Lilly wanted to change her name to Lillary (which as a Lily, I totally appreciate):
Jennifer didn’t really expect anyone to take the time to respond to her note. She thought they might one of those vague, stock letters that politicians and famous people often send out.
Which is why she was so surprised when this letter landed in her letterbox:
I literally tear up every single time I read the last line, “I may become the first woman President, but you Lilly, could be the next.”
Lillary’s parents decided to share the letter with everyone so that others could share in the Hill-spiration – and ohh, we’re glad they did.
So what have we learned, weepy gals? Whatever you want to be, don’t quit. Because Hillary sure as hell hasn’t.
Image: Getty & Jennifer Rosen-Heinz
posted September 30, 2016 by Lily @ betty
Friday has finally arrived and what better way to celebrate than with betty’s weekly round-up?
Here’s what we’ve been reading, loving and doing this week.
Hillz got her groove on in the first presidential debate
For all of those people wondering when this whole Trump vs. Clinton thing will finally be over, we have some good news. There are only 38 days left until we find out who gets to call The White House home for the next four years.
The first of three US presidential debates kicked off earlier in the week. As per usual, Trump said some pretty absurd things – like how he thinks he has a better ‘temperament’ to be Prez (massive kudos to the audience who somehow managed not to all burst out laughing). Hillz brought up D. Trump’s tax return a lot and pulled off a pretty amazing shimmy. Because the leader of the free world needs moves.
Having spots now might mean fewer stripes later
Good news for all those with acne! Turns out, karma has your back. And your chin. A report this week says that people who have lots of spots when they’re teenagers age better over the long run. Scientists at King’s College London said acne sufferers have natural in-built protection against ageing, so they’ll develop wrinkles and thinning skin later than the clear-skinned lot. So 40 years from now, you’ll be the one having the last laugh. Or there’s just not caring about any of it, which is also an option.
Police killings in US prompt some amazing responses
Nine-year-old Zianna Oliphant’s speech about police brutality and racism in the US has gone viral this week, and deservedly so. Following the unrest that broke out in Charlotte, North Carolina after the death of Keith Lamont Scott last week, Zianna spoke at the City Council about how the recent events made her feel.
“I feel like that we are treated differently from other people and I don’t like how we’re treated, just because of our colour, it doesn’t mean anything to me.”
Serena Williams spoke out about the violence too, posting this update to Facebook:
Serena Williams also spoke out about the violence when she posted this update to Facebook, quoting Martin Luther King Jnr as her reason for speaking out: “There comes a time when silence is betrayal”.
The Circle of Life continues: The Lion King is coming to a screen near you
After the success of The Jungle Book remake, The Walt Disney Studios have confirmed that a live action remake of The Lion King is being fast tracked to our screens. For The Lion King purists out there, we know, we are worried too. After all, how can you top perfection?
Sometimes it good to be naugh-tea
The weather had finally turned and autumn has decided to arrive. Autumn, the season of scarves and sipping hot chocolate on the sofa. Why not pick up this awesome mug from Yellow Sunflower for a side of feminist inspiration with your hot cocoa?
The most adorable person on the internet this week award goes to Chase Stout, who adopted a kitten with his partner Kenzie earlier this month. They called him Mr. Wilson because there’s something strangely cute about animals with human sounding names. Anyway, when Kenzie went out of town Chase decided to make a delicious brunch for himself and Mr. Wilson.
HE MADE PANCAKES. FOR THE KITTEN.
The Squirrel sisters hung out with the betty team
This week we were lucky enough to hang out with the Squirrel Sisters, the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ladies behind our new favourite snack bars. They filmed some of their favourite recipes with us, so look out for those on the site soon. We promise we won’t squirrel them away for too long.
A photo posted by Squirrel Sisters (@squirrelsisters) on
Have a great weekend, y’all!
posted September 16, 2016 by Lily @ betty
From the best and worst places to be a girl in the country, to social media lies and the real life Gilmore Girls, here’s what we’ve been doing, loving and obsessing over this week…
Hillary Clinton has pneumonia
In case you missed it, the US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton collapsed on Tuesday after attending a 9/11 memorial event. The Democrat candidate later revealed she was suffering from pneumonia which isn’t ideal timing considering, you know, she’s running for President and all. Obviously, Trumpy fans took the opportunity to suggest she isn’t up to the job – but Hillz’ doctor later pronounced her totally fit to be Prez.
In other news, Donald Trump remains fully Donald Trump. Sigh.
Trump on releasing detailed medical records: "I have no problem in doing so!"
If you’ve worked your way through all seven seasons of the Gilmore Girls and are anxiously awaiting their return triumphant return to Netflix, we’ve found something that might cure some of your cravings.
A 13 year old girl was sent on a mission to find sanitary products by her mum. The ensuing text exchange, which her mum screen-shotted and uploaded to Facebook, makes Lorelai and Rory’s quick-fire banter look practically boring by comparison. Our favourite quote: “VAGINAS ARE MYTHS WHISPERED QUIETLY IN SECRET AMONG ONLY THE BRAVEST OF MEN, COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO EVEN MENTION THE NAME”.
Mothers really do know best.
The results are in – and it’s not looking good for girls in Middlesbrough
A report published by Plan International UK and the University of Hull earlier this week outlined the quality of life for girls all over the country. They compared five factors – childhood poverty levels, life expectancy, teenage conception rates, GCSE results and percentage of girls under 18 not in employment – to conclude that life is worst for girls growing up in Middlesbrough.
Turns out the best place to be a girl in the country is Waverley. So guess we’re all moving to… (ok, we had to look it up) Surrey.
Community announcement: don’t believe everything you hear
In her latest video, YouTuber Nikisha Brunson made the bizarre claim that bras give you breast cancer. To anyone who saw this and wondering if there’s any truth to her video, we can confirm that this could not be less true. Even actual Breast Cancer charities are trying to bust this myth.
Ready, steady, break off: Mel and Sue are dessert-ing Channel 4’s Bake Off
In the news that shocked the nation, GBBO has broken up with the BBC and immediately confirmed that they’re going to start dating Channel 4 instead. What does this mean for all us baking enthusiasts? It means we have to say goodbye to Mel and Sue, and hello to ad breaks. NOT COOL.
The tee we’re lusting after
Support your local girl gang! Ne’er have truer words been spoken Pull & Bear.
Last Saturday, Pitch Perfect’s Anna Camp (AKA Aubrey) and Skylar Astin (Jesse) tied the knot for realsies, and loads of their note-perfect co-stars were in the audience. It was aca-amazing wedding and the photos are so dreamy they might just make you tear up.
Talk about a harmonious couple.
Truly on Cloud 9. I got to marry my best friend in the whole world. And she ain't too tough on the eyes either! ??? pic.twitter.com/OZBYVWTtdW