Good news: We must be doing something right because it looks like our daughters value their books, diplomas, and educations more than clothes, shoes, topless Instagram selfies, and everything else that comes with “Insta-fame” these days.
In other words, not every little girl out there wants to be the next Kylie Jenner or a replica of a Monster High doll. And with that, I’m letting out a heavy sigh of relief.
Three students from Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Long Island have recently penned open letters to Kim Kardashian’s younger sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner for being “poor role models” for their generation. In their letters, the three industrious teens slam the Jenner sisters for blowing off school and criticize their celebrity lifestyle, pointing out that the sisters could be doing something much more useful with their fame than launching clothing lines or attending red carpet events.
In their letters, Sydney Arnold, Nygeeba Gasque, and Victoria Wehr plead with the Jenner girls to help their generation instead of just “throwing it away” on fame and the latest trends. In other words, their message is loud and clear: You don’t have to take a topless selfie to get noticed, ladies. Here are a few snippets of what they have to say:
“[You’re] very quickly trying to become a voice of our generation with your E! reality show, clothing line and [Insta-fame], but for all the wrong reasons. You’re defining a generation that has worked harder to earn college admission than any before it, a generation that knows the value of their education.” — Sydney Arnold
“I heard that you guys dropped out of school to focus on your careers. Other teens may be tempted to follow in your footsteps, but they won’t reach your level of success, because unlike you, they weren’t born [into] wealth and fame.” — Nygeeba Gasque
“You’re not sending out a good message to young girls who are easily influenced by the things they see, by posting pictures of yourself topless or wearing risqué clothing. You could instead bring awareness to topics affecting teen girls like body image and eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. From the outside, it may look like you have it all. But come to the end of the month I’ll have something you don’t have – a high school diploma.” — Victoria Wehr
While Kendall and Kylie Jenner are trying to emulate their older sisters with their celebrity status and modeling careers, it’s pretty clear that these three young women are far less interested in the trendiest leather pants and are more focused on their educational futures. Thank goodness, because I was beginning to lose hope for some.