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Lydia Criss Mays, is the President and CEO of See Beautiful, an organization committed to empowering girls and women to see the beauty they inherently posses and empowering all to see and create more beautiful in the world.

A former elementary school teacher, Lydiais also an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University in the Early Childhood Education department. Her research, teaching, community and policy work focus on issues of equity, empowerment, and care.

In addition to Mays' published research articles and book chapter, she is also a children's book author of an award-wining, co-authored book, The Long and The Short of It: A Tale About Hair.

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Seeing Beautiful

Today is the day to see in yourself what everyone else already sees. You are beautiful. Strong. Giving. Loving. You make the world a better place by simply being in it. Seeing beautiful is a way of thinking and experiencing the world. If we're always focused on finding flaws, we're missing the beautiful. Seeing, seeking, and creating more beautiful in the world creates a ripple effect of empowerment of for all. As a teacher I repeatedly heard young girls belittle themselves - wishing for a standard of "beauty" roughly defined by pop culture. Unfortunately, pop culture does a good job…

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