Celebrities have the expectation of being a role model simply because they’re in the limelight. While there are some who shun that notion altogether, Tiffany Haddish is not one of them. The comedian believes in the importance of being a role model to young girls and she shared those thoughts with Barbara Streisand recently.
“I had informed her about Cardi B and how she just transformed her whole life and how she’s a role model to children,” Haddish says on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday, Dec. 4. “And how we have to be role models to young girls to show that you can empower yourself and you can have whatever you want in life.”
And Haddish’s story of personal triumph has been a shining example of just that.
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As detailed in her memoir, “The Last Black Unicorn,” — excerpts of which were obtained by E! News — Haddish was placed in foster care. The change came after Haddish suffered from an abusive mother who was schizophrenic and sent to a mental facility. But her foster home wasn’t any better. From ages 13 to 18, Haddish was hit and forced to clean and cook — one of her foster dads even molested her. The tough times continued to come as she was in an abusive marriage during which she became pregnant and miscarried. And she didn’t know she was pregnant to begin with.
But in recent years, Haddish has overcome her rough beginnings by blossoming as a movie star. After helping lead “Girls Trip” to become the most successful female-driven film of the summer, Haddish has scored her own comedy special and is set to appear in Kevin Hart’s film “Night School.” She’ll also co-star with Tracy Morgan in the TBS series, “The Last O.G.” and has landed a female-led comedy, “Limited Partners.”
The actress’ story has been an inspiration to many.
— Yolanda Elliott (@yolandaelliot16) November 11, 2017
Tiffany Haddish: a goddess and inspiration to us all.
— Alisha Boe (@AlishaBoe) November 12, 2017
The former “Saturday Night Live” host’s outlook is a far cry from what “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Mimi Faust said at a press event for the series in 2013.
“I’m not a role model for anybody,” she said according to Urban Belle. “That wasn’t my role that I set out to be a role model when I did this show. My situation is my situation. I didn’t come on here to have people look up to me and follow behind what I do. I gotta deal with my s— how I feel fit, not how I think someone else is going to look at me. [Not,] ‘Well, let me think about this because a young girl might be looking’.”