May 15, 2009
Does anyone else find her oddly relatable?
She’s presented in such an odd light, it’s easy to dismiss her as a grasping outcast, an awkwardly pretentious socialite wannabe obsessed with being in the spotlight. “It’s always nice to be photographed.”
But, well. Yes. Isn’t it nice to be recognized for something – to have someone say, “You stood out to me in a way that I’d like to share with other people”? If you had an interviewer asking you about photos of you in the newspaper, mightn’t you respond similarly? And if you’d been to an event where newspaper photographers had taken your picture, wouldn’t you check the paper to see if you’d been published?
I have to say, that what resonates with me is not the clothes, or (sadly) the ability to wear size 2 clothes after 2 children with nary a jiggle. Or the decision to spend the rest of my life with… Simon.
She seems like someone I would have understood in junior high. Someone who was teased, mercilessly, for being different, and who has accepted that she’ll always be a little different. Who’s recognized that she’s not going to be the most popular girl in school, and that she’s going to have to work a little harder to make friends with people, because she’ll invariably misstep from time to time.
But I like that she puts herself out there, anyway. Maybe even with the slightest tinge of defiance, she seems to acknowledge that she’s not ever going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and willing to put in the work to find those who do enjoy her – which makes me like her a little more.