If you thought Farrah Abraham's stirred a hornet's nest by calling herself a role model, just wait until you hear her latest claims. Arguably the most famous of the Teen Mom alum thanks to her sex tape Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom, the reality star's latest statements have left many women totally speechless. When asked who should record the soundtrack to her infamous porno, she said Lenny Kravitz. Her reasoning? "He killed it with 'American Woman.' And from what I know and hear, I'm the new type of woman!" Crazy right? That's what I thought at first too. What woman in their right mind would aspire to be like Farrah Abraham? However, after really thinking about it for a minute or two, I realized that she is right. She IS the new American Woman. Before you rip me a new one, hear me out.
It would be easy to slam Farrah for what seems like a ridiculous comment on its face. But let's consider her path up 'til now. When we were first introduced to her plight, she was 16 and pregnant, the father of her baby had died in a tragic accident, and her only support was a seemingly cold, bitter mother. She worked hard not to let her circumstances define her. She went to culinary arts school and created her own pasta sauce. Though when her career as a cook didn't pan out, she ventured into other things.
Of course those "other things" were of a questionable nature. Not many of us would be willing to extend our 15 minutes of fame by stripping down for some anal action with a porn star. But let's focus more on the kind of person Farrah is rather than the seedy specifics of what she did. Let's concentrate on what it takes to make the decisions that she has made.
Sure, it may seem reckless, foolish, and more than a little gross, but it's a lot more than that. If by "new type of American woman," she means independent, strong-willed, does what she wants with a devil may care attitude, that isn't such a bad thing. I’m not saying we should all do exactly what she did, but we can learn something from her gumption. In a way, it’s her own twisted, porny version of leaning in. She went for it and doesn't seem to have any regrets. She is choosing her own destiny on her own terms. Who wouldn't want to emulate that?
What do you think of Farrah's claim to be a "new type of American woman"?
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