While some celebrities have no interest in being role models or examples for their communities, reality star Andrea Kelly said that comes with the territory whether you want it or not.
The “Hollywood Exes” star has only one season of the show under her belt, but she already understands that the world is watching.
“You better be very clear. The moment you step on TV and you invite everyone into your world, not only are you a role model, but you’re also an image imparter,” Andrea told Sister 2 Sister.
Unlike some of her reality star counterparts, Andrea said she does feel a responsibility to represent well.
“I’m responsible for my elders. I’m responsible for women my age because I’m a living example. I’m responsible to the younger ones because they’re the next generation coming up,” said the mother of three.
According to Andrea, when celebrities act a certain way they are doing one of two things: “You’re teaching people either what to do in life or what not to do in life,” she said. “The reality of our world, being in ‘entertainment,’ is like somebody saying I wanted to have a child, but I didn’t want to be a mother. That’s impossible. How good of a mother you are is something else. What you teach and impart into your children is something else, but at the end of the day, you’re still a mother.”
As for Andrea, her goal is to leave viewers with something positive. “Whether it’s good, bad or indifferent, you’re making a change in somebody’s life, whether you signed up for it or not,” she said, noting that that doesn’t just apply to celebrities.
“Even if you have nieces, nephews, your behavior and what you do, your family is watching. The younger generation is watching. Your grandparents are watching. Whenever we take that leadership role, no matter what it is, whether it’s nationally or in your home, people are watching. Therefore, you are responsible. If you don’t want that responsibility, don’t take the title.”
Andrea challenges women to be more supportive of domestic violence victims in the December 2012 issue.
—Tracy L. Scott
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