It's official -- I am a NeNe groupie. Here's why.
Jennifer Ginsberg: Never has a TV personality -- let alone a character on a reality TV show -- inspired me the way NeNe, from the hit Bravo show "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," has. I am unabashedly in love with this goddess, who proudly declares in the intro, "I'm not keeping up with the Joneses -- I am the Joneses." Not only is she hysterically funny, witty, and completely charismatic, she is also intuitive and wise. However, her most attractive quality is how she unapologetically moves through the world -- completely comfortable in her own skin and in the present moment.
It is rare to find a woman who makes no excuses for who she is. It is also unusual for someone to be authentically joyful. I love how NeNe responds to criticism and challenges. She doesn't hide, avoid, or get defensive -- rather, she faces everything head-on. Her reaction to the Internet rumor that she was a stripper was nothing short of brilliant. She created and directed an "Alter-Ego" photo shoot and dressed up like a stripper. And for that shoot, she was 100 percent a stripper -- she took on the character with more passion and zest than most Hollywood actresses are capable of.
It is also unusual to come across a woman in the media who truly makes me feel good about myself. Personally, I am so sick of abnormally gorgeous women who refuse to self-deprecate, and who take themselves so damn seriously. These are the celebrities who portray the image of "perfect mother," who not only work 18-hour days, but also have the time and energy to chair several charity causes while taking care of their children -- and manage to look flawless while accomplishing all of this.
For some reason, I never feel inspired when I see an interview with Angelina Jolie or Madonna -- I just feel like I am not good enough. Hell -- I can hardly balance my little writing gig with all my family responsibilities, yet these women manage to take it all on and more, and never even look dumpy or have their greasy hair hiding under a baseball cap -- like I do most days! But when I watch NeNe embrace life with gusto and grace, I feel good enough as I am, and totally inspired to follow my passions as well.
And for all of this, NeNe is my American Idol.
|Jennifer Ginsberg is a Los Angeles mother, writer, and addiction specialist with over 15 years of experience in the fields of alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. After receiving her MSW from the USC School Of Social Work and MAJCS from Hebrew Union College, Jennifer served as the clinical director of a 120 bed drug and alcohol treatment facility. She also co-developed an addiction prevention program for Jewish youth, which has been implemented in synagogues nationally. Jennifer now works privately with people who are impacted by the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol and writes about all topics related to motherhood, addiction, and women in politics. Read more about her life at angstmom.com|