Yet this historical moment wouldn’t occur until a 11-year old girl named Grace Bedel first wrote to Lincoln. In her message she wrote, “You would look a great deal better, for your face is so thin.” And so he grew and grew. People certainly took notice, as did the tabloids.. Shortly after the Illustrated News of NY touted claims Lincoln had used Bellingham’s Stimulating Paste. Only it would later prove to be untrue as Bellinghams was merely an advertiser of the newspaper.