Jun 17, 2010

The face of single, teenage motherhood

Mention Sarah Palin's name and you're bound to garner some type of reaction. Love her, hate her, wish she'd go away - - It's hard to deny the impact she's had on our country. During her run for VP the spotlight was shed on her life in Alaska and eldest daughter Bristol Palin was unable to dodge the media glare. Her teenage pregnancy made headlines and brought into question how cutthroat politics can be and whether kids should be off limits. Nevertheless, the single teen mom has risen to the occasion and is featured in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar. The magazine headed to Alaska to interview the 19yo mother about her hectic life balancing a full time job, school, being a single parent and the face of the Candie's Foundation (which combats teen pregnancy).

About her Pregnancy:

"It was kind of humiliating," she sighs as she clears boxes of pizza and bowls of Doritos and Skittles. "Great, I'm 17 years old, I'm 40 pounds overweight with a big belly on me, all my friends are at school watching this on the news. This kind of sucks."

Bristol never expected to find herself here: waking up at 5:00 a.m. to fix Tripp's breakfast (usually eggs), get herself ready — "It takes me so much longer with a baby, it's not even funny" — then head to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as a medical assistant in a dermatologist's office. "I thought I would be somewhere warm at college with my friends," she says. "But that was definitely not possible with having Tripp."

I was pleased with the article and glad to see her bounce back from all the negative press. She's not out there trying to be a singer, pose for playboy or the typical teenage trainwreck. She got pregnant (like many teens do) and she's living with her choices. I think this is a good read and urge everyone to put aside your preconceived notions and take a look.

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