Happy Friday Rhinestone Royals!
I would like to remind you today that there is no age limit on when you can discover what your crown means to you.
Many of us first put on a crown as a child playing dress up. We remember how it brought out an inner strength, how it made us lift our heads higher, gaze out into the world and know that we were special and had important things to do!
With Halloween around the corner, I am reminded of what it felt like to first wear a costume that felt less like an outfit and more like an outward expression of my own inner fire. That feeling is something that we often have to rediscover in times of personal struggle throughout our lives: that innate leadership, that sense of our own potential, that unreserved demonstration of our wildest dreams.
So, today, I would like to bring you some thoughts and reflections from our youngest participant (age 11), alongside images of women throughout history who had to learn what it means to carry the power of their crown on the inside as well as the outside.
My first time wearing the crown in public I was nervous because I didn't know how people would react, but then I quickly realized that they aren't bothered by me wearing the crown.
Honestly, while I was out I forgot that I was even wearing my
I loved how the gems on the crown sparkled in the light.
The crown made me feel pretty, and it was like my way of
expressing who I am on the inside on the outside:
A girl who sometimes likes to be a little sparkly.
If I had to come up with some rules for anyone who wears a crown I would say always be yourself, be proud of who you are, remember you are beautiful, and never change for someone else.
Remember who you are and remember that you can beat anything.
Don't let others judge you
and her best friend Kelsey
So, whether you are putting on a literal crown for the first time, or reminding yourself of the way you used to proudly wear yours, don't forget that you are worthy and you have so much in you that the world deserves to see.
And maybe, take the chance next week to remind yourself and wear a crown on Halloween!
And don't forget to send us your photos or Crown Rules!
Photos: Left Column top to bottom: Neferneferuaten Nefertiti; Princess Esther Kamatari of Berundi; Empress Wu Zetian; Queen Elizabeth II; Rani Velu Nachiyar. Right Column top to bottom: Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex; Queen Elizabeth I; Diana, Princess of Wales; Queen Moremi Ajasoro; Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan