Dear Urban Diplomat: how do I talk my daughter out of being a Sunshine Girl?

Dear Urban Diplomat: how do I talk my daughter out of being a Sunshine Girl?

Dear Urban Diplomat: how do I talk my daughter out of being a Sunshine Girl? (Image: Tom Magliery/Flickr)
 

Dear Urban Diplomat,
My daughter is 19 and desperate to pose as a Sunshine Girl. She keeps threatening to send in her picture, convinced it’s the path to stardom. How do I talk her out of it?

—Sunblock, Pickering

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may have posed as a Sunshine Boy back in 1997 and gone on to impressive things (the majority of his filmic repertoire notwithstanding), but there are countless others whose showbiz careers began and ended on Page 3. The challenge in dealing with young people is they excel at imagining positive outcomes and suck at anticipating bad ones. Your daughter views her moment in the Sun as a ­bikini-clad first step to fame; you see the ­potential for deep regret down the road. Treat her like the adult she is, and offer to support her fame-seeking ambitions in other ways. Acting class. Singing lessons. Whatever it takes. Realistically, none are likely to result in fame, but at least she’ll learn something and won’t have to get half-naked for the camera. If she opts to go through with it anyway, take comfort in this 21st-century ­truism: sex tapes, leaked celebrity nudes and Snapchat shenanigans have changed the world enough that Sunshine Girl shots seem wholesome by comparison.

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