When we tell girls they are not beautiful, they internalize that in a way that is dangerous. Beauty is a core cultural marker for girls, but it is subjective and external. I had a student taking a placement test that had a question on it, “All faces are beautiful.” She answered, “True.” It should have been scored incorrect, but I was angry for the test question and I could see the purity in the logic of the girl—whose mother would tell her, in front of anyone—that she needed to do well in school because she wasn’t going to make it on her looks. How harmful. How devastating. I marked it correct. My great grama used to say, “Beauty’s on the inside; rotten’s to the core.” Every face is beautiful when we instill beauty from the inside.