Bristol Palin: On Being a Single, Working Teen Mom

Sheri Reed

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Bristol with son Tripp
Photo by Danielle Levitt
Single teen mom Bristol Palin, in her recent interview with Harper's Bazaar, opens up about being pregnant and in the presidential campaign spotlight and about her new life as a single working teen mom. 

Bristol Palin son Tripp tea party
Photo by Danielle Levitt
Usually when reporting on a single, working teen mom, the picture above doesn't come to mind; however, Bristol Palin, 19, is changing that whether we like it or not, potentially earning up to $30,000 per speaking event.

In the current issue of Harper's Bazaar, Bristol plays "big girl dress up" in a tea-party-themed fashion spread, which showcases gowns by Carolina Herrera, Lanvin, Isaac Mizrahi, and Michael Kors.  

Here are a few quotes from her interview:

On the sex education talk that never happened: "It's not like we all sat down and were like, 'Alright, here's the birds and the bees.' Truly, my parents just assumed that I wasn't doing anything. And it was a shock for us all."

On being pregnant during the 2008 presidential campaign: "It was kind of humiliating ... 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."

On taking responsibility as a working single mother (Bristol works as a medical assistant, serves as an ambassador for Candie's foundation, and fully supports herself and her baby): "I'm on my own. I'm really proud of it. I'm a hard worker.

Harper's Bazaar cover Katherin Heigl
Harper's Bazaar
June 2010
"I don't have time for friends or anything like that. It's just like, 'Right, crap, there is a hockey game tonight that I want to go to but I can't.' Or, 'I do have to go to work today' because I've got bills to pay."

On dating: Bristol is not seeing anyone at the moment: "I'm in no rush. One day I'll find a nice guy."

On her son, Tripp: "I thought I would be somewhere warm at college with my friends, but that was definitely not possible with having Tripp. I love my baby more than anything. He's like a Gerber baby. He's the cutest baby in the whole world ... I just want Tripp to be happy and healthy."

Sarah Palin on her daughter, Bristol: "We're very proud of her for taking responsibility. It's not an easy road, but it's the right road. Decisions were made, and we can't unwind those decisions. Consequences are being dealt with. I'm sincerely proud of her."

This issue of Harper's Bazaar hits newsstands June 1. You can read the full story on Bristol Palin over on Harper's Bazaar.

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