It's hard to believe it's been more than three years since Kailyn Lowry first showed up on MTV as a pregnant teenager expecting her first child on 16 & Pregnant. Even harder to believe? Kail's first episode of Teen Mom 2 aired in January 2011! She's come a long, long, long way since then ... which isn't exactly making some of the show's fans happy.
A photo that's making its way around the Internet slams Kail for her exorbitant spending. As the photo's caption points out, it's hard to see her as a "struggling" teenage mother.
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Kailyn is using an iPhone in the photo, and the caption refers to her wearing name brand clothes and sporting a Louis Vuitton bag on the show as well as using a Vera Bradley diaper bag. Not exactly the stuff a broke teenager has, right?
Well, Kailyn had explanations for the costly items on Twitter -- noting that the diaper bag was a baby shower gift, the Vuitton bag a fake, and saying she mostly shops at Target.
Her answers should be enough to shut down this particular line of criticism. But should she even have to go there?
Kailyn is not a teenage mother anymore.
She's a woman in her 20s, a married woman with a job and a husband who likewise works a good job (for the United States military). She isn't struggling anymore, and it's because she's done what she needed to do to pull herself up by her bootstraps. She has worked for the ability to buy herself an iPhone!
Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2 have been good at showing American kids that it doesn't pay to have unprotected sex and end up as teen parents, and its stars have sort of been the anti-role model for kids in America. But that doesn't mean they need to spend the rest of their lives screwing up and exemplifying what could happen to teen parents just to scare our kids. They're reality stars, not characters. Reality stars are human beings.
Human beings grow. They change.
For their kids' sakes, heck for their own sakes, it's good for these girls to grow and come into their own. That may be what actually makes them real role models -- teen moms who didn't let it hold them back.
What do you think of Kailyn's spending these days?
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