Bindi Irwin: From Daddy’s Little Girl To Role Model & Women’s Advocate

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We all remember the antics of Steve Irwin, the crazy Australia who loved to get in the face of animals and who was passionate about conservation. After his untimely death on September 4, 2006, he left a huge hole in the face of iconic Australia, but it wouldn’t be long before his eldest child, daughter Bindi Irwin stepped in to follow in his footsteps.

It’s crazy to think the cute little girl who looked and sounded like her dad, had grown up in front of the camera but is now forging a career of her own. She turned 15 this week and spoke to The Sunday Mail in Australia about her own voice and passions.

At first it seemed like she was being thrown into the spotlight to become the family’s next big cash cow, appearing in movies, and fronting her own TV shows. Thankfully, she has matured since the early days and has learned what she is truly passionate about going forward in her life. No doubt, this is due to careful guidance from her mother, Terri, and those close around her.

Bindi & Steve Irwin

“As I’ve gotten older I’ve started to want to tackle bigger issues facing the world today. So [I’m] starting to discuss issues that people might not want to talk about, such as not consuming wildlife or human over-population – issues that people tend to push aside and don’t focus on.” she says.

Bindi tells the paper she is also passionate about young girls in Third World countries, being forced into a lifestyle where they have no awareness or education about the consequences.

”Girls as young as me or even younger are having kids and that doesn’t seen right to me,” she said.

”I think that’s really sad and we certainly need to start putting our heads together and thinking of ways to solve this.

”So educating our kids, giving them that freedom of choice and available help.”

Bindi advocates better access to birth control in poor countries.

The young role model goes on to talk about criticism, and how it doesn’t bother her. Talk about having a thick skin from an early age! ”If I do get that criticism that’s OK because I understand people have their own opinions and should be entitled to,” she said.

As a teenager who is a beautiful girl in the media spotlight, she no doubt has attention from the opposite sex, but explains she doesn’t have time to get distracted.

”Oh, I’m sure that will come soon enough but at the moment I have friends that are girls and friends that are boys, so why make things complicated,” she said.

Bindi credits her dad as being her living breathing super hero, whose legacy she hopes to make proud with her own work and career. She was only 8 years old when he died, but her maturity and focus shows what an positive impact Steve had on her in a short amount of time.

“I think seizing the opportunity and making the most of your time is very important and loving life,” she said. ”Don’t spend you life angry or upset enjoy it because you don’t have long.”

Journalist Mia Freedman sings the praises of Bindi Irwin, calling her exceptional. “As far as young role models go, she ticks every box for me. She’s articulate, passionate, a great communicator and what she does has nothing to do with the way she looks.I know. For a famous girl in 2013 this is nothing short of miraculous.”

She talks about Bindi as being the type of role model more teenage girls should be looking up to, because there are plenty of celebs giving the female persuasion a bad name…

“Too often, teenagers are dismissed as brainless narcissists interested in nothing beyond their next selfie.”

On the other hand: “[Bindi has] gone and done something fabulous: made some challenging, insightful, interesting statements about poverty and over-population. Controversial? Yes.  But what a refreshing change from the kind of controversy Miley Cyrus trades in by taking off her clothes and humping the floor.”

Finally, a young, smart, beautiful and talented celebrity who knows how to lead girls in the right direction.

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