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Marley Dias Interviews Hillary Clinton for ‘Marley Mag’

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marley-mag-hillary-clintonJust because she’s an 11-year-old journalist, doesn’t mean she can’t come with the hard-hitting questions! Marley Dias of Marley Mag interviewed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and made sure to ask her about the things that really matter.

Marley is Elle‘s youngest Editor-in-Chief, responsible for putting her own ‘zine for the site together. She’s already racking up quite the impressive resume of interviews including director Ava DuVernay, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, comedian Larry Wilmore–and now she can add a Presidential candidate to the list.

Marley didn’t hold back when it came to talking to Hillary Clinton about the things she wanted to know. She writes in her article that talking to Clinton made her realize that she’s a “real person…not just a presidential nominee.”

Take a look at a few of the insightful questions Marley asked Hillary below:

Marley:What’s your favorite black girl book?

“One of my favorite authors is Maya Angelou, and I love her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It tells the story of how Maya became such a strong, confident, determined person. Some parts are painful and hard to read, but of course that’s the case in a lot of great books. And because Maya became a friend of mine in real life, it meant a lot to be able to read her story and understand her journey better.”

Marley: Tell me about a time that someone took credit for something you did, and how did you deal with it?

“When I was a senior, I ran for class president. And I lost. One of my opponents even told me I was “really stupid” if I thought a girl could be elected president. Fine. But then the boy who won asked me to be the chair of the Organizations Committee. This meant that he got to be president, but I had to do most of the work.

I said yes anyway – and it turned out to be a lot of fun, because I got to plan all the events I would have pushed for as president. (One of them was a mock presidential debate, if you can believe that!) In the end, I’ve always found credit isn’t just something you take – it’s something people give you when they see how hard you’re working.”

Marley: If you had to give any advice to your 11-year-old self what would you say to her?

“I would say that when you have a big dream or you’re trying to solve a big problem, there will always be people who tell you that you can’t. Here’s my advice: don’t listen. Keep striving for your goals, and remember that it’s good to be ambitious. There’s nothing wrong with knowing what you want and going after it.”

Head on over to Elle to read the rest of Marley’s interview with Hillary, and keep up with all things Marley Mag here.

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