I recently told you about celebrity moms who use their money and fame to make a difference in the world. And I was so impressed to come across more celebrity moms who want to make a difference – by standing up and telling the world about their own struggles with childhood bullying.
These amazing celebrity moms are standing up to share their stories with the world in the hopes of helping spread the word about the damage that childhood bullying can cause, but more importantly, that children can survive and thrive after being the victims of bullying. They are doing it for themselves, for their children, and for parents and children around the world.
Did you know that 30 year old Aguilera’s Grammy Award-winning song Beautiful’ was written so that young people can understand that being different and being yourself is beautiful. Aguilera herself was a victim of bullies. She has said that as a kid she got a lot teasing and cold shoulders since other children couldn’t relate to or understand how important singing and performing was to her, and she even went as far as keeping her performances secret. Aguilera has also said that performing was her way of letting…and she was already aware of it in childhood. She has one child, and another one is expected later this year.
As a child, Oscar winning 45 year old Bullock used to accompany her mother, an opera singer to her stage performances in Europe. But when returning home to Virginia, she would get a not-so-warm reception from other kids. She has talked about how upon returning home from Europe, she wouldn’t have anything in common with other students and that they even seemed more mature than she was. She said that kids were really spiteful, and that she still remembers the names of each of those kids who behaved rudely towards her. Now with a child of her own, she is hoping to teach him to be strong and respectful of others’ emotions and feelings.
Believe it or not, 35 year old Winslet, mother of two, was given the nickname Blubber’ by her classmates. The Oscar winner has said that she was constantly teased because of her weight. She now speaks openly and says that it is crucial for young girls to realize that glossy cover pages are morphed or touched for perfection, and that not even celebrities have “perfect” bodies and features. She also tells young girls that in movies she may appear glamorous, but that she has her hair and makeup done for hours.
This 30 year old mother of 1 (and one on the way!) was teased as a child for her ethnicity (her mother is of Danish and French Canadian descent and her father is Mexican American) and her new famous looks. Long before her days on the red carpet, Alba says that she used to be withdrawn, shy, and even nerdish as a child. She had a thick Texas drawl and her teeth stuck out (buck teeth), and so the kids would tease her mercilessly and that she often found herself all alone at school. She also found herself in occasional fights. She said that she’d even used to eat her lunches in the nurse’s office to avoid being found and picked on by the mean girls.
Because of her dual ethnicities and because her parents were not well-off, she never had the chance to wear hip, trendy clothing or to carry a cool backpacks. She decided to become an actress to escape the real high-school drama.