Netflix’s Most Popular Female Characters Write Letters To Their Younger Selves

Netflix has a new original show out called The Crown, which is about the life and reign of Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. The show is perhaps about the challenges she faced in life, how they changed her, and perhaps about how she changed herself to meet them.

As a promotion for the show, Netflix put out a series of letters written by some of their main female characters to their younger selves, which we think is just brilliant. The subjects are Queen Elizabeth II  from The Crown, Sophia Burset from Orange is the New Black, Jessica Jones and Chelsea Handler, and they are funny, moving, enlightening, and poignant. Netflix says they are meant to highlight, “the real-life challenges and issues modern women face every day”, and each gives us insight into the worlds that these women hail from and the ways in which they conquer that world.

The letters have a common theme of encouragement. These women try to tell their younger selves not to change their past and fix mistakes, but how to better arrive in the future, how to be more self-confident, more graceful, more magnanimous and more present. Chelsea Handler’s stands out in particular because she is a real woman, though she may be playing a fictionalized version of herself on her Netflix show. Her list reads like a how-to survival guide for successful, urban women.

No matter which character you identify with most, I think we can all agree that these letters are cathartic beyond belief, and an amazing exercise in self-love and self-appreciation. Which is your favorite?

Queen Elizabeth II


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Sophia Burset


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Jessica Jones


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Chelsea Handler


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