Celebrity spawn doing good in the world? It’s possible!
Katherine Schwarzenegger (you may have heard of her dad, Arnold? Oh, and her mom, Maria Shriver.) is proving that growing up in the spotlight doesn’t necessarily lead to DUIs and diva behavior.
Rather than cash in on her famous name (hi there, Paris Hilton), Katherine is reaching out to young girls with her new book, Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty From Someone Who’s Been There and Back, in stores today.
“I want girls to read this and feel that it’s OK to be themselves – and to understand that every girl can be beautiful no matter what size and shape she is,” Katherine said. “You don’t have to look like you’re on a billboard to feel beautiful. I really wanted to correct girls’ perception of that.”
20-year-old Katherine said she was inspired to write the book after she overheard her younger cousins talking about their bodies. “They’re 8 years old and were talking about how they don’t want to be fat, and how they want to be ‘sexy,'” she said. Gee, I wonder where on earth they could have possibly gotten ideas like those (it certainly couldn’t have been from images like this)?
I’ll have to read the book before I can officially give her props, but I have to applaud Katherine for speaking out.
It’s hard enough to learn to accept your body for what it is. It must be much harder to do so with a former body-builder for a dad (according to a press release, Arnold was prone to “point out how many calories were in the muffin she was eating.“). And it must be infinitely harder to accomplish all of this under the intense, scrutinizing gaze of the media (nothing sells tabloids like stories of stars’ kids gone bad).
So, thank you Katherine, for at least proving a celebrity pedigree doesn’t always lead to disaster.
— Michelle Konstantinovsky is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and an avid admirer of shiny objects and preteen entertainment. It would be nice if you visited her website: www.michellekmedia.com. Also, she may learn to use Twitter more effectively if you follow her @michelley415.