“Don’t hate me ’cause I’m beautiful,” smirks Kelly LeBrock in this shampoo commercial from the 1980s.
“I won’t, ’cause you’re not!” retorted my child self to the screen.
I thought she was weird looking, with strange slitty nostrils, so it made me question her apparently delusional assumption that all the other females on the planet are jealous of her. I wasn’t the only one, either – “Don’t hate me ’cause I’m beautiful” has become a classic bit of pop-culture sarcasm.
Since then I’ve learned more about what it means to be female in this world, and I’m here to share it with you.