Channing Tatum was invited by Cosmopolitan to write an open letter of sorts to his young daughter, and he used it as an opportunity to send her a powerful message.
"I tried to imagine the things I’d want her to read that would help her understand men and sex and partnership better, and at that moment, I realized a strange thing. I don’t want her looking to the outside world for answers. My highest hope for her is just that she has the fearlessness to always be her authentic self, no matter what she thinks men want her to be."
In the column, he details the moment he knew he and Jenna were destined for each other, and that it came from a place of dedicating yourself to an individual just because of who they are, "the good and the bad."
"And that’s what I want for my daughter — to be expectation-less with her love and not allow preconceived standards to affect her, to ask herself what she wants and feel empowered enough to act on it."
One of the most poignant parts of the passage, however, occurred when Tatum gave a message to not only his daughter, but all women who read the article. It's that women knowing their self-worth and not adhering to someone else's standards of what's acceptable or beautiful is magic.
I took this just days after jenna and I (mostly jenna) brought our little girl into the world. I've taken many like it over the past 3 years but this is one of my favorites. She was so tired. Haha. But she has such deep strength and other worldly grace. Watching her in those first days transform into a mother was life changing. She was every bit the beautiful, sexy, funny, flawed creature I fell in love with. But the prism turned and showed a whole new light that I had no idea existed, the light of a mothers love. Thank you for that baby. Saw this quote today --" The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Theodore Hesburgh" there are a lot of important things in being a father. Who knows what the most important thing is? All I know is that in my case this is pretty high on my list. Love you cake!
"So I guess if there’s one thing that I think men wish women knew, it’s just that they alone are enough. When more women start to truly feel this power in themselves, the world will become so magical, it makes my head hurt."
You can check out Tatum's full article on Cosmo here; it's a really powerful and entertaining read. Plus, he plugs his Magic Mike live show, in case you haven't seen it yet.