Alana Thompson became a staple in American pop culture as soon as she appeared on TLC’s Toddlers and diadems at only six years old. At the time, she was nicknamed “Honey Boo Boo”, used hilarious catchphrases like “You better redneckonize” and drank her infamous “go-go juice” (a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew), turning her into an anomaly. among the many other young girls whose travels on the beauty pageant circuit were documented on the show. But at the age of 15, she’s ready to shed that part of her identity.
“My mom didn’t call me Honey Boo Boo. My name is Alana,” the Georgia native told me Teen Vogue. “I think people still expect me to be the little Honey Boo Boo, and I’m not anymore. …Just because I’m from the South people expect me to be a jackass, riding four-wheelers all the time, but that’s not really how it is.”
Before her 16th birthday, Thompson already has aspirations to buy a car, graduate high school and college, become a neonatology nurse and one day care for her family. In preparing for that future, she realizes that being a part of her family’s ongoing reality TV series is a smart financial decision. However, the negative attention she gets in turn makes it all the more difficult.
“There are so many people on my Instagram who don’t like my nails or my lashes,” she said.
But that’s not all the trolls Thompson is subjected to. In fact, she has been a victim of body shaming for most of her life.
“Everybody’s all about body positivity, body positivity, until they see a body they don’t like,” Thompson said. “Just because I have a little extra meat on my bones, do you want to hate me? I’ll never get body shaming.”
The treatment is nothing new for Thompson, who was the subject of a shameful meme at age 10 and later appeared on the television show. the doctors for a “health interventionwhere she was laughed at by members of the public as she listed her favorite foods. Still, the teen is confident in who she is and what she looks like.
“I never look at people and I’m like, ‘Oh, I wish I was like them,’ because I never want to be like nobody. I’m my own person,” she said. “Like, I know I’m beautiful, and I know I have a thumping body, so… I don’t care.”
The teen went on to say, “I’m proud of myself for how far I’ve come,” after sharing so many years of her life on television, including the difficult moments of coping with her mother’s drug and alcohol abuse and overcoming it. of the critical eye she is confronted everywhere. And luckily for Thompson, all that really matters is her opinion of herself.
“As long as I like myself, I’m good,” she said.
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