I've always loved Chelsea Clinton. I suppose part of that is because I felt a sort of camaraderie with her when she was in her awkward years. Granted, I wasn't in the public eye, but I look back at my own photos from the same time period and I am very thankful for that.
I had braces. Frizzy hair days. Unshaped eyebrows. I mean, it was the 90s, and Chelsea (and I) were in our pre-teen/teenage years. I remember going to school and being called a dog...a German Shepherd to be exact. I remember being told in one way or another that I wasn't cute or pretty and the guy I liked at the time laughing and saying 'no' when I mustered up all of my courage and asked him to dance when Boyz II Men came on at the homecoming dance. But...I never had to deal with GROWN MEN putting me down. Chelsea did.
Rush Limbaugh called Chelsea Clinton "the White House dog." Ironic, huh? Coming from a man who has a face much better suited for radio. Chelsea was 12 years old at the time.
Mike Myers sent an apology to the White House after a Wayne's World SNL skit called Chelsea "a babe in development" after comparing her to Al Gore's daughters, who apparently they found to be more...babe-ish. Personally, I feel like Mike Myers should be apologizing for Wayne's World, period.
John McCain told a 'joke' at a Republican dinner in 1998 that called Chelsea "ugly."
Pretty gross, right? I mean, there has to be something mentally wrong with any man who picks on an adolescent - girl or boy - for their looks. But, as time went on, it became obvious that Chelsea outgrew her awkward phase, like most of us do.
Watching her speech at the DNC last night, I was enthralled by her eloquence, intelligence and poise. And radiating beauty. And, I'll admit, a part of me also couldn't help but think...karma's a bitch, eh? Am I being somewhat of a hypocrite pointing out her obvious beauty now? Nope...because I think true beauty comes from the inside, and shows on the outside, no matter how much time it needs to get there.
And, conversely...so does ugliness. Case in point...
Boom. Happy Friday!