Hillary Clinton’s 11-Year-Old Interviewer Takes Clinton Back to Her Childhood

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

“When I was really little, I wanted to be our first woman president,” writes Marley Dias in the introduction to her Q&A with Hillary Clinton in Elle. “I always knew I want to be the kind of grownup who makes people’s lives better. And since that’s pretty much the job of the President of the United States, it seemed like a good idea.”

It was not very long ago that Dias was “really little,” considering she is currently 11 years old. But in just over a decade of life, she started #1000BlackGirlBooks, a campaign to collect books featuring main characters who are black girls and launched a magazine under Elle’s guidance, where she also serves as an editor in residence.

Dias’ interview with Clinton is just as characteristically excellent, and, in focusing on her younger self, avoids as much as possible the canned politispeak trap. Here’s Clinton on one of her first runs for president:

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

I’ll tell you another story from high school. 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.

Read the whole interview here.