Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a powerful speech at Wellesley College– a Women’s libral arts college in my home state, Massachusetts. She is the author of Americanah, which is in the process of being made into a movie, starring Lupita Nyong’o.

Chimamanda moved the hearts and minds of the women in attendance, with her speech about what it means to be a woman. She offered powerful insight on what it means to be liked, make up, careers, and most importantly, love. 

“All over the world, girls are raised to be make themselves likeable, to twist themselves into shapes that suit other people. Please do not twist yourself into shapes to please. Don’t do it. If someone likes that version of you, that version of you that is false and holds back, then they actually just like that twisted shape, and not you. And the world is such a gloriously multifaceted, diverse place that there are people in the world who will like you, the real you, as you are.”

PRESS PLAY ABOVE & WATCH Chimamanda give her speech, take notes, and apply them to your heart.

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