In celebration of Kirsten Hubbard’s release of LIKE MANDARIN and her blog tour, a bunch of authors decided to post similar posts on their own blogs – a total non-blogfest blogfest!
WOW! Such a great thing to ponder. I’m sure many people will say a specific person or people they knew in MS and HS. Not me! My HS days were filled with serious delusions of grandeur…no really SERIOUS DELUSIONS!
I was a GT kid at a time when being a geek or a nerd was NOT popular. Like many 13 yr olds, I wanted to fit in. Since NOT getting straight A’s was not an option for me (I was far too competitive for that), I decided to take a new hobby. MODELING. Yep, that’s right…I decided to capitalize on my height and the stereotype about models and their intellect and pursue a modeling career.
I was in pageants, did a few commercials and had serious delusions of grandeur, picturing me in NYC in some bizzaro glam life.
I idolized several models, but none as much as Paulina Porizkova. To me, she looked so exotic, and yet not in some unobtainable way. We were about the same height and had similar hair color. But, where she was exotic, I was not…
Not at all.
I was the typical California-girl type at a time when European was IN IN IN.
Yep, I really would have given anything to be like Paulina.
I followed her career, tried to diet and be as thin as she was (I was thin, but not extreme model thin back then). I even cut my hair short to make me look more “exotic”. Yep, I wanted to be her – have her career.
Eventually I came to my senses and realized several things:
- Try as I might, there was really NO WAY to hide my intellect
- I would never be genetically built like Paulina – or most models. I was curvy, they were not. My husband would say my curves are…awesome!
- Modeling as an industry – yea – not great. Lots of BAD BAD things happen in this industry. As photogenic as my kids are, I have never encouraged their involvement in that biz. Not even sort of.
- I am best when I am being myself. Period.
Who did you want to be like when you were growing up? Any Like Mandarin stories to share???
And BTW, I’m giving away two copies of Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students on Goodreads this month. Click here to enter.