“I asked her what it meant to be feminist, and she said that every day she would wake up and say to herself ‘I woke up like this.’ Hearing her say that made me really start to think seriously about what it means to be feminist for young women today. What does it mean to say ‘I woke up like this, flawless?’ I like to think that it doesn’t actually mean that you’re without flaws, because God forbid that a human being would be perfect.
“To be without flaws would be inhuman. I like to think that for feminists, flawless means that you accept yourself the way you are, that flawless, in the feminist sense, really means a radical self-acceptance and the firm knowledge that beauty never means one thing.”
Chimamanda Adichie speaks of encountering a young woman who attributed her feminism to Adichie after identifying with Adichie’s lines in ‘Flawless’ by Beyoncé