Beauty and the besties beat bitch­i­ness

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - CONFIDENTIAL -

AUSSIE model

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.”

Mal­colm Brid­get

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