Tori Spelling is telling the tale of how her teen daughter bloomed despite being bullied for most of her life.
This past weekend, Spelling shared a few photos from a photoshoot her 13-year-old daughter, Stella Doreen, did with Petite ‘n Pretty for the beauty brand’s back-to-school campaign. In the caption to Instagram, Spelling revealed why the moment was a victory for her, recalling how her child was bullied at school and overcame it with flying colors.
“How Stella got her groove back… thx to @petitenpretty – Her 1st modeling shoot as a teen girl,” Spelling, 48, begins. “Stella is an amazing human. Heart of gold & always leads w/kindness. She’s innovative & creative and full of fire. Which is why as a mom it was so painful to see a young woman’s fire dimmed bc of bullying.”
Spelling, who also shares Liam Aaron, 14, Hattie Margaret, 9½, Finn Davey, 8½, and Beau Dean, 4, with husband Dean McDermott, revealed how Stella was bullied in fifth grade but the “boy that bullied her and other girls & boys wasn’t stopped.” She goes on to reveal how her daughter was bullied by a staff member at their formal school.
“I know i’ve talked bullying before. But, worse than that was the bullying she faced from her own principal,” she writes.
“With Stella’s bullying came health issues. She developed headaches, stomachaches, panic attacks, & her asthma increased. Emotions can be pretty powerful & manifest into physical ailments. She missed a lot of school due to this. But, what did remain was her drive & passion for baking, cooking, & crafting.”
Spelling went onto reveal that despite the bullying, her passions led her to reach her dreams.
“She wants to open her own bakery one day. … She got her dream of being on @gordongram Master Chef. Except this principal said NO (SHE had to sign to allow her). Why? Bc your kids miss too much school. After all stella had been thru w/the boy this principal refused to expel, she wouldn’t let Stella fulfill a day of her passion? So sad,” says Spelling, who adds that she “begged the principal” to allow them to do the MasterChef opportunity.
“[The principal] finally said ‘I’ll sign if your family leaves this school next year’. Wtf? My 4 kids had all been there since kindergarten. Stella was graduating next year!” the mom wrote. “I agreed in tears so Stella could do Master Chef. Well, Stella WON!! I had never seen her confidence like I did that day! Her [fire] was back. That’s the lesson we should be teaching! To encourage our kids to find their individual passions & thrive!”
Spelling adds that “sadly, principal followed thru” and Stella “would never graduate with her class. I wish I’d had the strength to challenge them! Taken a note from 90210 ‘Stella McDermott Graduates!’ But, I didn’t. Power and $ won. But, thx to @petitenpretty Stella got her powerful & fulfilling ‘school’ moment! Her confidence now soaring!”
“Your fire is back @stella_mcdermott08 You are a fierce female. So proud of U Buggy!” she concludes.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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