So I’m in the midst of a crazy week of travelling and spending way too much time in hotel rooms. I don’t often watch a lot of TV but sitting by myself in a hotel room isn’t much fun so I actually turned on America’s Next Top Model last night, a show I have never seen. I guess it was the night to be watching it since it was the season finale and the crowning of America’s Next Top Model. I must admit, I’m not a big fan of these sort of reality shows and never watch them but an interesting message came out of this one last night.
Ann Ward, the girl who won, talked about how she was constantly teased when she was in school. She was actually in tears as she discussed how kids would make fun of her because she was so tall and “didn’t fit in.” OK, so I guess there are some redeeming qualities in these shows. This girl just walked off with a major modeling contract, money and an opportunity of a lifetime! And now she can laugh at all of those mean kids who used to make fun of her! Bravo Ann!
I’m hoping that a lot of young girls watched this show last night. So many girls think they have to conform to a certain look to be accepted and heaven forbid if they don’t fit that mold. It just goes to show, it doesn’t matter what a bunch of petty little girls think of you in junior high or high school. Anyone can soar and make their dreams come true. Most of the “mean girls” from school will end up with sad, unfulfilled lives anyway.
So girls, tough it out! Hang in there! Have the courage to believe in yourself and ignore criticism and nastiness. Because someday you will shine and realize all of your dreams!
Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises and Safety Mom Solutions, the premier baby proofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant.