Katherine Schwarzenegger on The View: the daughter of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalist Maria Shriver, has a new book called Rock What You Got about teen girls and how to love your body. Video below.
Today’s Kiss and Tell Report.
Katherine Schwarzenegger, 21, the oldest daughter of journalist Maria Shriver and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was a guest on ABC’s The View today speaking frankly about teen girls, body image and her own family experiences. She revealed that her iconic grandmother Eunice Shriver (of the Kennedy clan) once told her mother after a ballet performance that she did a good job but “the stage shook.” Katherine Schwarzenegger felt compelled to write her new book Rock What You Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back after her 8 year old cousins confessed that they wanted to be sexy, not fat.
ROCK WHAT YOU GOT BY KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER EXCERPT
“I hate myself!” I cried to my mother.
“I’m fat, I’m ugly, I’m stupid, and I feel totally disgusting!” I was ten years old and painfully suffering as only one can in the fourth grade, but this was the first time I could recall revealing my worries about my appearance to anyone.
I shared my prepubescent misery with my family on a flight from Los Angeles to Sun Valley, Idaho, where we were headed for a weekend getaway. I didn’t want to go on the trip because. I had my first lengthy report due for school, and I was totally nervous about it. This was the first time I had a homework assignment that completely overwhelmed me. The dreaded fourteen-page “Nobel Report” struck fear in the hearts of kids in the lower grades, who knew that when they reached fourth grade they would finally be assigned this project. My brain was on overload. I was tired, feeling insecure, and downright mad about having to go on the trip. By the time our plane took off, I was headed for a full-on meltdown.
Clearly, how I looked on the outside was only part of the issue when it came to how I was feeling on the inside. I used my frustration to vent all of the pent-up unfamiliar feelings I was having about myself. I knew I didn’t like my teacher very much, and I was doing awful in school for the first time. I was being challenged in my classes in ways I had never been before. Whenever I raised my hand to ask a question about something that confused me, I could hear the other kids in my class, mostly the boys, snicker and call me names.
“How could she not know that?” I’d hear one boy say while another would cough out the word stupid.
My reaction to their comments was to fake a sudden understanding of the lesson that had been confusing me and hope the teacher would just move on.
Now, for those of you who don’t know my parents, my mother, Maria Shriver, comes from a very powerful and competitive family. She has been successful throughout her life as a top investigative reporter, broadcast news journalist, and is currently first lady of California. Of course, my father is Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of California and yes, he was the Terminator! He is also a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia, two titles he earned as a champion bodybuilder. But to me, they’re just “Mom” and “Dad.” Despite their fame and success, I grew up in a pretty normal home, dealing with issues that all families contend with.
Sometimes we disagreed with one another, but our home life was always filled with love, compassion, and understanding.