Magic Mike star Channing Tatum has just penned a powerful letter against the tendency of women to compare themselves to others.
Written for his three-year-old daughter, Everly, the letter reveals some very important insights into Tatum's psyche. He begins by talking about how he first fell in love with his wife, Jenna.
Jenna had boldly told Tatum that he was the only person for her. ‘I felt strength,’ Tatum then explained to Cosmopolitan, ‘because in that moment, she had accepted every part of me, the good and the bad.’
He goes on to explain that Jenna wasn’t comparing Tatum to anything else. ‘That radical authenticity of hers,’ he says, ‘was what made me fall head over heels in love.’
Tatum outlines how he feels problems for many women come about because of how they compare themselves to worldly expectations. He stresses that he doesn’t want his daughter to go ‘to the outside world for answers,’ but instead be ‘her authentic self, no matter what she thinks men want her to be.’
This letter has powerful reverberations with discussions of feminism today. What began as a thought-provoking letter to his daughter, Tatum has perfectly summarised how women should become more confident in who they are, regardless of what everyone else says. Only then, says Tatum, will ‘the world become so magical.’
Click here for the full letter.