Alexa Ray Joel fires back at Perez Hilton
To paraphrase my father, he always said: ‘don’t take any crap fromanybody.’ I’ve had a lot of people advise me in this industry to get athicker skin and turn a blind eye to the vicious trends of the tabloidpublications and blog-sites, and their dangerous effects on youngwomen, and society in general. But if I were to follow their advice,and do nothing, I feel I would only be perpetuating something which Ibelieve to be fundamentally wrong. I stand by my original posting.
Originally posted May 1st at 12:05 am:Aspiring singer Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy and ChristieBrinkley, has responded to a recent post by Perez Hilton on Alexa,which maligned the 21-year-old’s looks, saying she’s "not bad,actually, just no supermodel." Alexa addressed the issue in her latestMySpace blog, venting her frustration with Perez, the mediaperpetuating a "supermodel" appearance and assuring that she’scomfortable with her "exotic" features.
I know it’s ridiculous, and I should have a thicker skin by nowand just plain NOT CARE, but I can’t help but be a little bummed outbecause the incredibly cruel, bullying Perez Hilton (this tabloid guywho calls himself the ‘queen of media’) just put up a horrible pictureof me on his site and basically in so many words called me ugly, orrather, wrote that I’m ‘not that bad, actually, I’m just nosupermodel’…I just feel like saying: ‘YES, my mom and I look completelydifferent, and I’m OK with that. I like that I look unique, or more’exotic’–I don’t want to look like everybody else, and I also don’twant to look like a supermodel–I just want to look like ME!’…I’m just so OVER being compared to my mom looks-wise! I’mhappy to have a lot of my father’s features (especially his eyes andlips)–I think he’s very handsome, and I’m quite sick of hearing peoplecall HIM ugly–I think he has a very soulful face–the face of someonewith character and integrity–who has LIVED, and has somethingimportant to say.
There was even some blogger on there picking a part the appearanceof my 8 year-old sister–it made me sick to my stomach to see that. She’sjust a little girl–and she’s my adorable, beautiful little sister! Icried my eyes out when I saw that, I was so disgusted.
…So if these imperfections are what our partners end up growing to loveso much about us, why isn’t this celebrated as a natural, human truth?Why is it hidden, and replaced with this false truth that everybody’ssupposed to aspire to look like a ‘supermodel’ (whatever looking like asuper-model entails–I have no clue). When my mom saw that Perez Hilton thing, she was like, ‘OK, what’s hispoint?–I have hundreds of bad pictures taken of me, and I’m asupermodel! Should I release them to the media so everyone can see thatNOBODY is perfect?’ (I love her for that).