Jenna Bush Hager Has an Important Message for Young Girls—and Other Notes from the Week

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We’re pleased to bring you “While You Were Out”—the Verily editors’ quick takes on the happenings of this week.

Jenna Bush Hager Speaks Out About Body Image

Just in time for swimsuit season, Jenna Bush Hager wrote a heartfelt letter to her two daughters, Mila and Poppy, promising to teach them self-love. In her letter, Bush Hager shared that she struggled with body image when she was a teenager and warned her daughters that they will find themselves comparing their bodies to the world’s ideal of beauty, too. “You will see images on TV and in movies and magazines. . . . And you will feel that you come up short. I know that I did,” Bush Hager writes.

The daughter of former President George W. Bush went on to promise her daughters that, if she does her job as a parent right, her daughters will accept who they are despite any perceived physical flaws, and she credited her parents constant affirmation of her worth for making her the confident woman she is today. Bush Hager writes, “They told me that I was enough.” “They taught me that who I am is more important than how I look...And that if I radiate love, kindness and empathy, I can bring some light to this dark world (and isn't that better than being a size zero?).”

This heartwarming letter is a reminder to girls and women everywhere that who we are is so much more important than what we look like. But it is also a needed reminder to all of us who are responsible for children that we are the first teachers and models of self love. Our daughters, nieces, students need to be reminded that they are enough—no matter the beauty standard of the day. —Monica Gabriel Marshall

Prince William Opens Up in Rare Interview

As the twentieth anniversary of Princess Diana's untimely death approaches, it's been refreshing and touching to see her sons Prince Harry and Prince William campaign for mental health awareness in their Heads Together campaign. Now Prince William is GQ UK's July cover star, and the self-confessed "reserved and shy" royal has opened up about his journey with the grief of the loss of his mother, as well as (among other things) the importance of a strong family. "I could not do my job without the stability of the family. Stability at home is so important to me," William told GQ. "I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world and that is so important to both of us as parents... The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life." —Sophie Caldecott

Jessica Chastain Says Upcoming Films Depict Women in Ways That Don’t ‘Relate to Her as a Woman’

At the closing press conference for the Cannes Film Festival, actress Jessica Chastain had some words to share on the status of women as portrayed in the films we’ll be seeing in the next year—and it wasn’t good news. “This is the first time I’ve watched twenty films in ten days, and I love movies. And the one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters that were represented,” she said. “It was quite disturbing to me, to be honest—with some exceptions.” Chastain took the moment to make a call for better stories that relate to her as a woman. “I hope when we include female storytellers they will be more like the women I know in my day-to-day life. They are proactive, have their own point of view and don’t just react to men around them.” Here’s to that. And I for one will be looking forward to the “exceptions” she mentioned in the year to come. —Mary Rose Somarriba

Ariana Grande Arranged Benefit for Manchester Kids in Record Time

By now you’ve heard the tragic news of a suicide bomber who killed twenty-two people and injured more than a hundred others after Ariana Grande’s May 22 concert in Manchester, U.K. Just days after the attack, 23-year-old Grande announced that she will be headlining a benefit concert in support of the victims and their families. The “One Love Manchester Benefit” concert will take place June 4 in Stretford, England, just four miles away from last week’s attack. Featuring Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, and Usher, among others, this certainly proves that when hate meets love, love always wins. —Krizia Liquido

This Entrepreneur A/B Tested Her Clothes to Combat Sexism

As Verily's Special Projects Manager, I love a good A/B test (when you try out two different versions of the same thing to see which one performs better), so I was intrigued to hear about this woman who A/B tested her outfits to find out which style choices would help her get taken the most seriously in the male-dominated world of tech startups and investment. Kathryn Minshew is the CEO and cofounder of Millennial job site, The Muse, and shared her experiences of sexism in the industry in a recent interview with Wired magazine. “We got to see a lot more sexism because we were pitching a product about women and their careers," she said. As for the outfit A/B testing, she discovered after a lot of trial-and-error that wearing all-black with leather pants seems to help her be taken more seriously by her male colleagues than a conservative sheath dress. "I look at my calendar every single morning to see whom I’m meeting with and then decide whether I can wear my more­-like­-tiger outfits or my more chill outfits," Minshew shared. Sounds like it really does pay to get your workwear right. —SC

Kirsten Dunst Reminds Us That the Desire for Motherhood Looks Different for Everyone

"I wasn’t one of those 'I need a baby!' people until my goddaughter was born," actress Kirsten Dunst told Marie Claire UK in her July cover star interview. "I love her so much. That love is just like . . . you can’t experience that unless you have a kid." Those of us who haven't always been big "baby people" can totally relate to the actresses' revelation, which is a good reminder that motherhood and the desire to start a family looks different for everyone. —SC

Actress Says Being a Pregnant Wonder Woman Was Harder Than Being in the Israeli Army

Wonder Woman opens in theaters today, and according to our reviewer, it seems that Wonder Woman's controversial outfit didn't prevent her from being the dynamic female heroine she should be. It turns out, the actress that played the lead role is a pretty badass woman herself. In an interview with Good Morning America this week, Israeli actress Gal Gadot explained that she was five months pregnant during some of the production of the film. Upon being asked which was more difficult, being in the Israeli army or playing Wonder Woman while pregnant, Gadot conceded that the latter was more difficult. We’ve said before that moms are superheroes in their own right—cheers to Gadot for being and acting as one at the same time! —MRS

Cavs and Warriors Face Off for Second Year at NBA Championships

For the third year in a row, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are facing off at the NBA Championships. We have both a Cleveland and a California on the Verily team, so all we can say is, may the odds be ever in their favor. —MRS