The first-person speaker of the poem ( click here to read the poem), presumably Angelou, is describing the allure she has as a woman. Throughout each stanza, Angelou exposes the attributes she possesses that deem her irresistible to others, particularly to those of the opposite sex, despite the fact that she does not fit into society’s definition of what makes a woman beautiful. The first stanza includes the physical traits that make her stand out, from her hips to her smile. As the poem continues, Angelou extols the inner mystery that makes her so attractive to the men around her. At the end of the work, she describes the confidence and pride she has in herself, which radiates from her. In essence, this is Angelou’s anthem about her pride in being a woman.