Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb all read from letters they've written for their daughters to teach them how to love their bodies, no matter how they look.
The Today hosts, watched themselves in a segment where they read the pre-written letters aloud.
Hoda, 52, wrote to newly adopted daughter Hayley Joy about her own mom, saying:
“Even now, I look at my mom, and she wears a two-piece bathing suit at the beach and doesn't care. And I remember watching her not care my whole life…And I thought, ‘OK, that seems like something that I could try to do.’”
Savannah, who gave birth to her daughter Vale three years ago and also has a son, Charley, said it was her dad who tried to give her confidence.
“When I was in junior high, when I would leave, he would say, ‘Honey, you look so pretty I shouldn't let you out of the house today,’” she said. “And you know what, I didn’t. But it was so lovely and it made me feel so good. I hope that as you grow up, I can teach you to love and embrace the miraculous physical vessel that is carrying your magnificent heart and soul…When you think about your body, let's think not about how it looks, but about all the things it can do. Let's think about your strength and your endurance.”
Jenna, mom to daughters Mila, four, and Poppy, one, said her parents emphasized her brains instead of her body.
“They always really emphasized our creativity, our humor,”she said. “Then if I looked in the mirror at 13 and thought ‘Jeez, this is not looking so good,’ I didn't worry about that as much. I worried about what I could do. My hearts, you, too, will look in the mirror and not always like what you see. You might not feel skinny enough or pretty enough. But if Daddy and I do our jobs, you will look in the mirror and always like who you see. And that, my babes, is far more important.”
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