I wouldn’t be completely honest with y’all if I didn’t admit my love for pop princesses. These are the teenyboppers singing bubblegum pop, the singers that millions of young girls aspire to be like. In another life, these included artists Tiffany, Britney Spears, and the Spice Girls. Nowadays, it’s Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana, Ashlee Simpson, and my personal favorite: Hilary Duff.
Duff released her debut album, Metamorphosis, in 2003 – at the young age of 16. And while many will be quick to write her off as another Disney princess who doesn’t even deserve a record deal, I have 2 words: “Inner Strength,” a track off the album that doesn’t get nearly enough credit. Written by Hilary’s sister Haylie, the minute and a half long track proves that maybe these teen queens deserve to be listened to. Haylie’s beautiful lyrics (she was only 18 at the time this was written. Such wisdom!) and Hilary’s raw voice make “Inner Strength” a must have for my iPod.
Gotta find your inner strengthIf you can't then just throw life away
Gotta learn to rely on you
Beauty, strength, and wisdom, too
You're beautiful inside and out
Lead a great life without a doubt
Don't need a man to make things fair
'Cuz more than likely he won't be there
Listen girl, gotta know it's true
In the end all you've got is you