B.C. Hatch, a former model (ANTM season 8) grew up in a world where the focus of praise given to little girls always centered around beauty and compliments that focused solely on their looks.
Working as a model, Hatch found is discouraging when she learned how shocked people were that she (along with many of the other intensely intelligent and incredibly diverse girls and women she met) could carry on an intellectual conversation. As a society, Hatch believes, beauty and intelligence are often times viewed as mutually exclusive attributes, while we condition ourselves to believe the two can rarely exist simultaneously.
Hatch's concern only deepended once her daughter was born, as she was reminded of the language used when referencing her little girl. "Look how pretty she is," friends, family and yes, even Hatch would say over and over again without blinking. Eventually, she knew there was critical vocabulary missing as she conversed with her daughter and those around her. Inspired specifically by a t-shirt given to her daughter as a gift with the world "pretty" plastered on the front in sparkly letters, Hatch was compelled to change things up. With some DIY courage, Hatch set aside the t-shirt and crafted up her own version replacing pretty with, "strong" boldly painted across the chest. In that moment, the vision for "Beyond Pretty" flashed across the shirt like a lighting bolt.
Hatch is on a mission to encourage our little girls to know they are capable of being strong, intelligent, beautiful individuals. "Beyond Pretty" was authored to help highlight the various, positive adjectives that encapsulate who little girls are and what they are capable of. Hatch hopes this book will be used as a resourceful guide to teach parents/adults to reflect on the words they use to compliment little girls.
"I wrote BEYOND PRETTY as a way to encourage little girls, by highlighting qualities outside of looks that they we should recognize and embrace, and that they should be encouraged to grow and cultivate, like being ambitious, knowledgeable, funny, honest and kind. Taking the time to recognize these qualities that belong to her, are the way to true empowerment."
BEYOND PRETTY goes through each letter in the alphabet pairing pretty with empowering words for girls. A is for pretty Ambitious; Girls who work hard to succeed. B is for pretty Brave; girls who don't back down, even when they're afraid. As it continues through the alphabet, it reminds us that girls go beyond beauty. Each word highlights it positively while continuing on in a fun rhyme scheme to keep young readers engaged.