Today is the U.N. International Day of the Girl!
Inspired by a post by my friend and writer, Ibi Zoboi, I’m posting this picture of myself as a girl. Here I am in 1980. I was a first grader at St. Rita’s Catholic School in New Orleans. My teacher’s name was Miss Quarantino. I remember feeling very smart because my father had taught me how to write my name in cursive when I was in kindergarten, so by the time I had gotten to the first grade, I was just showing off! I had also mastered the spelling of my very long and phonetically complex middle name - A-M-G-B-O-R-A-L-E (pronounced Ahm-Bo!-Ah-Leh). My parents had just bought their first home and I remember feeling proud of them.
I also remember using my tongue to play with the little piece of my gums that hung between my teeth. I wish I still had the gap in my teeth.
Underneath the makeup, the jewelry, the “grown” clothes, and high-heeled shoes, I’m still this little girl.
If you are in NY (or can get to NY) please check out “I AM HERE: Girls Reclaiming Safe Spaces,” an exhibition of photographs and words curated by renown photographer (and #PrettyPeriod contributing photographer) Delphine Fawundu and writer Ibi Zoboi. The exhibition will be on view at the Skylight Gallery at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn October 25 - December 19.