Be Your Own You


MommaJorje You have won a one year subscription to BYOU Magazine, congratulations!

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
― Dr. Seuss

I love that quote and I love Dr Seuss books. When babies are born we accept them for who they are. Somewhere along the way we get the message that it’s not ok to be different, that we need to fit in – then we realize being different is what makes us unique. Remember when SEVENTEEN magazine used to be the it read for teenage girls? Now it’s more like Cosmopolitan for the younger generation. Not cool. Our girls and women today are bombarded with images of how we’re “supposed” to look. We’re always being told what to think, how to feel, how to dress. We constantly walk around under the loud of I’m not good enough. That is not ok. It’s damaging and I don’t want my girls to feel that way.

Nakiah (8yrs) is currently into shows like A.N.T Farm where the star of the show is a young black girl. She also enjoys Jesse, Shake it Up, Wizards of Waverly Place, and iCarly when it was on the air. All of these shows remind me of  Saved By The Bell, Full House, and Family Matters, all of which we watch whenever we can. They all characters with quirks, talk about friendship, bullies, and being true to themselves. I hope that I will always be my girls biggest role model, but that may not be the case How nice would it be if they could get that message from someone besides me…Cue Be Your Own You Magazine! I had never heard of them until they emailed me asking if I would be interested in reading and reviewing their magazine geared towards girls 8-14. Um, yes!
Their motto is Because Every Girl Deserves Healthy Self- Esteem. Amen to that.

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Nakiah’s  favorite things were the crafts, games, recipes and articles on girls as young as her starting their own businesses. It made me smile as she flipped through the pages and said mom, there are brown girls like me in here! Seriously, that means a lot.


BYOU isn’t just talking about building healthy self-esteem, it’s lived in every page of the magazine. I love that. Some of the features include:

  • Interviews with positive celebrity role models
  • Racial diversity(loooove that!)
  • Empowering self-esteem tips to help girls shine their inner beauty
  • Discussions on friendship, bullies, and  body image.
  • Articles from real girls around the world on what it means to be your own you
  • Girls of all different shapes and sizes(also love that!)
  • How girls can make a positive difference in the world
  • Inspirational stories, quotes, tips, and puzzles

There’s a section in the magazine to read short articles about girls who have started their own business, some as young as 8yrs old, sch as Maya Penn. It makes me so happy to see a magazine like BYOU where my girls can flip the pages and see girls that look like them, to read articles about young girls all over the world making a difference, embracing who they are, and loving themselves.
Another thing I really liked about this magazine was that there are minimal ads. I think I counted three total throughout the entire thing. Oh, I also really like that the girls are dressed modestly on every page.


Be Your Own You have asked me to giveaway a one year subscription to one of you for your daughter(s), Yay! If you don’t win you can click their button on my sidebar to purchase your own, or grab a copy from Barnes & Noble.

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Have a great weekend!