Brid­get’s old school se­cret

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PERTH su­per­model Brid­get Mal­colm has opened up about her school strug­gles.

The for­mer Methodist Ladies’ Col­lege pupil re­vealed she was “not at all con­fi­dent” in high school.

“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 is back home in Perth as the face of the AMP Cap­i­tal Swim + Re­sort Se­ries, said she re­mained close with all the girls from her group of high school friends.

The 26-year-old re­cently at­tended her school’s 10-year 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, who fea­tures in a swim­suit photo shoot at Point Peron in to­day’s

STM. “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.”

Now and then: Brid­get Mal­colm in Akira dress ($902, akira.com.au), Subti­tled bikini top ($34.95, Gen­eral Pants Gar­den City and Kar­rinyup) and Starfish ear­rings ($179, reliquia­jew­ellery.com). Right: Mal­colm as a stu­dent.

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