The thing is, I've been taught since I was little to be modest, humble, demure. This is a common trait to teach little girls. From a young age, girls are encouraged to say thank you for a compliment but then immediately deny it. Just accepting a compliment can backfire dramatically. In a famous scene in the movie "Mean Girls," the antagonist Queen Bee Regina George compliments the new girl Cady with a simple "You're, like, really pretty." Cady thanks Regina, who, appalled, shoots back "So you agree? You think you're really pretty?"