We’ve also established that I love a Barbie Cake, especially ones made by Heather. Since last year’s birthday Barbie Cake was a Kim Zolciak of the Real Housewives of Atlanta fame, you know it made sense to make a Teresa Giudice Barbie Cake when we were invited to meet her at a blogger event with the Balancing Act Road Tour.
Heather worked her magic on the cake. Kelly and I consulted and had Barbie Teresa make us drinks. We’re good at that.
We also took some video. We’re not good at that. Once our Emmy Award-winning video editor, Susan, gets hold of it, it will be fit for public consumption.
When we met Teresa this weekend, I had an epiphany. Teresa Giudice is an inspiration.
I feel like I know her. She comes to my house once a week with her family and friends and flips tables when she’s mad. (Which is frankly bad ass. Who hasn’t wanted to call someone a “prostitution whore” and flip a table over at a restaurant? I know it can’t just be me. Or maybe I should audition for the Real Housewives of the Carolinas.) I’m not saying she’s perfect, but she’s a real person with real feelings who makes mistakes.
I know the Real Housewives shows are partially scripted and the producers cajole the cast into fighting over manufactured drama. But even when edits are made for entertaining TV, the joy and the pain we see are real.
She told us she feels like fame has ruined her family. And when she said that, the hurt in her eyes let us know it was true for her.
She’s also someone who is dealing with a self-imposed life “On Display.” (Sorry. Had to.) The past few years with her husband’s possible infidelity and legal issues that may lead to jail time for him, financial troubles, discord among her family members and her best friend, all while trying to be a good mom to four daughters and manage a career are a lot to handle. Some of these problems may be of her own making, but what I like about Teresa is that she is tenacious. Even in the shadow of all of that, she keeps smiling and pushing on–working and putting herself out there. It’s a reminder that even when your world isn’t what you expected or wanted, you can’t give up. If Teresa is doing it, certainly I should be, too.
She’s doing things most of us aren’t willing to do. She’s being who she is, even when it isn’t pretty, or selling her rights to be portrayed any other way. She’s doing it for our entertainment, and we like it.
It’s really easy to judge her for that. But these are real people, and yes, they choose to put their lives on TV and are paid to do so. There is probably a part of them that likes the attention they get from it, negative or no.
But the difference in Teresa’s case is that her fellow cast members are her sister-in-law, her cousin, her (former) best friend and her sister-in-law. These aren’t people who were acquaintances when they started the show. These are real families and friendships that have been torn apart on national television.
Standing there listening to her talk so openly about her life was strange since she didn’t know any of the 12 of us, but I guess stars of reality shows get used to people knowing all of their business. What I also didn’t expect was how gorgeous she is. Her skin and hair are flawless. She’s as pretty as her Barbie Cake.
Special thanks to the Balancing Act Road Tour for the opportunity to spend the day with their associates and meet Teresa.
Have you ever been surprisingly inspired by someone? Tell me about it in the comments.