Beauty and the besties beat bitchiness
has spoken of how she struggled at school.
The West Australian-born beauty (right) says she was not at all confident in high school (below).
“I found it very hard to string together a sentence, and felt like everyone had a guidebook on how to be a human that I had missed out on,” Malcolm wrote on her blog.
“For days I would go without speaking. Yet, my group of friends never once gave me a hard time about it. I went to an all-girls’ school. I do understand the bitchiness that high school can entail, and the desire to be ‘cool’.
“But what is much more important is finding that group of girls who take you exactly as you are. Who do not give you a hard time for being quiet and awkward, but who are just there.”
Malcolm, who returned home to Perth as the face of the AMP Capital Swim + Resort Series, said she remained close with her group of high school friends.
The 26-year-old recently attended her 10-year class reunion, saying that in the decade since graduation “everyone is equalised” and there were no cool girls or dorks.
“Once you graduate, none of the hierarchy that was hard earned in school remains. Everyone becomes their own person,” wrote Malcolm. “Better to be a person who was kind to others, not a follower, and worked hard to create their place in the world. Be the person that everyone remembers with happiness, not with frustration and fear.”