7th-grader is going viral for her poem on peer pressure, says 'you are good enough'

Posted June 5

A seventh-grade girl in Arizona is going viral for a poem she wrote for her class.

Olivia Vella, a seventh-grade student at Queen Creek Middle School in Queen Creek, Arizona, left her fellow students speechless for a wonderful poem she wrote for a class assignment, KING 5, based in Seattle, reported.

Her class was tasked with writing a slam poem about a topic they’re passionate about. This would be their last assignment for the year.

Olivia’s poem stood out above the rest after it was posted on the school’s Facebook page, according to KING 5.

Olivia’s poem spoke about teenage insecurity and the desire to be a popular student.

"Society infers girls have to have skinny waists, tan skin, long silky hair, perfectly straight teeth, big butts. Society infers girls have to wear tons of makeup to look pretty. Society infers girls have to wear skanky clothing and do inappropriate things with boys to be happy and considered cool,” she said in her poem.

She went on to identify with all students.

"As you gaze into the bathroom mirror, you see a stranger that somehow stole your reflection and replaced it with a completely different girl," she said.

Read more at KING 5.

Oliva’s mother, Molly Vella, said that her daughter once said she wanted to be like other girls in school, CBS News affiliate KPHO in Phoenix reported.

"She came to me one day and said, 'Mom, next year I just want to be dumb. Because I want to be like those other girls, I want them to like me.' And it broke my heart," Molly Vella told KPHO.

Olivia told KPHO she's receiving praise for her poem.

"People I don't even know would say, 'Hey, Olivia, I really liked your monologue and I feel the exact same way.' And it was really eye-opening because I, for most of the time, thought I was the only one that felt this way and I was crazy for feeling it," Olivia told KPHO.


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