Bindi Irwin is only 16-years-old, but there’s no denying she’s wise beyond her years — thanks in part to the lessons instilled by her father, the late Steve Irwin, prior to his tragic death in 2006.
While most girls her age are a bit boy crazy, the teen recently opened up about why she’s more focused on herself — and being an example for others — than she is on dating.
“I try so hard to be true to myself,” she says.
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“I hope I can help other girls realize that they don’t have to do things just because everyone else is doing them. I like dressing modestly, let’s put it like that. There can be a lot of pressure on girls to dress the way they wouldn’t normally dress — on social media, at school, among friends.”
Um, is this chick seriously only 16? While she’s undoubtedly more mature than her peers, she’s just trying to enjoy her youth — and, hopefully, inspire others to do the same.
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“I want to encourage other young girls not to grow up too soon. Just enjoy the now,” she says. “It’s so easy for 16-year-olds, myself included, to say, ‘I just wish I were an adult.’ But we can’t wish our lives away. When we’re adults, we’ll say, ‘I wish I were 16 again.’”
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As for her decision not to date, she’s just following her father’s orders!
“Dad said I can’t date until I’m 40,” the teen laughs. “So maybe I’ll just focus on my studies. It’s a long way off.”
Her mother, Terri, sounds grateful she’s not dealing with a rebellious teenager. The mom-of-two jokes to ‘People,’ “Teenage boys are scarier than crocodiles!”