Recently a reporter at the News Sentinel and friend of mine, Maggie Jones, found out that Instagram star Baddie Winkle lives in East Tennessee. They okay'd us to come over and hang out with her and great granddaughter Kennedy Lewis.
I had just heard about her the week before after seeing an awesome documentary done by Refinery 29, so I was pretty excited to see what she was about in person.
When Maggie and I showed up at the house there was a woman who was on her way out. She was charismatic and kissed Baddie on the cheek. It seemed like she knew what she was doing. Turns out she was a photographer from a big magazine, but Baddie couldn't tell us which one. Oh well.
Baddie and Kennedy showed us the 87-year-old's closet which was filled with bright colors, platform shoes and shirts with Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian's faces on them. It was cool, Baddie wasn't letting her age keep her from growing and finding new adventures. However, what struck me the most about the whole situation was Kennedy's take on the attention they have received in the past year.
Kennedy, 19, for the most part, flies under the radar, but her life has been affected just as much as her great grandmother's. She said the week before she was sitting front row at the VMA's within feet of Kanye West. It was interesting because I think people imagine suddenly being famous and hanging out with these stars would only be awesome, but it comes with a lot of pressures. However, Kennedy seems to be handling it gracefully, but she said she has had to learn how to act. "I have to keep my cool. Everybody is famous around me at these events and I have to be chill," Lewis said. "And its hard being chill, I'm like 19."
Lewis said the most important thing she has learned from this experience is to ignore the negativity. "There's been a lot of hate from it, people do not like it," she said. "People think I force her to do this, and that's not the case at all."