This 4-Year-Old Has the Perfect Response to the Boy Who Called Her Ugly

When 4-year-old Siahj Chase's classmate told her that he thought she looked "ugly" in school, he likely wasn't expecting to receive the most important lesson of the day from his peer.

In a video Siahj's mother Sonya posted to Facebook, Siahj (who goes by Cici) recounts telling the boy, "I didn't come here to make a fashion statement. I came here to learn — not look pretty."

Beyond being incredibly adorable, it's inspiring to see a girl, especially one so young, resist deeply ingrained messages about women and beauty, and advocate for herself and her education.

Indeed, the idea that, for girls, being "pretty" is more important than being smart is consistently reinforced by society. Perhaps one of the most depressing aspects of our impossible beauty standards is how young girls are when they start to feel their effects. Recent studies show, for example, that 1 in 4 children has been on a diet by age 7, and that more than half of girls age 6 to 8 indicate their ideal bodies are thinner than their current ones. 

Luckily, at least one young girl is modeling how to rise above the pressure, and puts whoever questions her priorities in their place. When the boy told Cici she looked "bad," Cici continued to school him, retorting, "Did you look in a mirror lately? Bye bye, see you later, you're making me mad."

Source: Mic

She may be 4, but we could all learn a thing or two from Cici.

h/t Huffington Post

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Julie Zeilinger

Julie Zeilinger is a staff writer at Mic as well as the founder and editor of The FBomb (thefbomb.org), a feminist blog partnered with the Women’s Media Center. She is also the author of "A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty Word" and "College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year."

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