If Oprah could tell her 19-year-old self anything, it would be “to love yourself from your own heart!” On the cover of the latest issue of her magazine “O,” the billionaire comforts her younger self with an open letter where she advises the “beautiful brown-skinned girl,” “You will have to learn that the wounds of your past—rape, molestation, whippings for “stepping out of place,” and not being allowed to show anger or cry afterward—damaged your self-esteem.”
Read the letter, below:
Dear beautiful brown-skinned girl,
I look into your eyes and see the light and hope of myself.
In this photo you are just about to turn 20, posing outside the television station where you were recently hired as a reporter. You’re proud of yourself for getting the job, but uncertain you’ll be able to manage all your college classes before 1 and arrive at the station by 1:30 for a full day’s work. Even so, your biggest concern is how to manage your love life with Bubba. Yes, you are dating someone named Bubba.