In a spoken word, Katie Makkai redefines the word “pretty”. She challenges the hegemonic idea of physical beauty and promotes inner beauty and character instead.  

*video contains foul language.


  • Do you ever experience pressure to look a certain way? How can you stand up to this pressure
  • How does Makkai define “pretty”?
  • What is your favorite quote/phrase from this poem and why? What is the biggest idea you can draw from this poem?
  • Should our own self-confidence and level of self-worth be derived from our perception of beauty? Should beauty even play a part in that at all?