Jaime Primak of the Bravo reality TV show Jersey Belle wrote a very long essay on Yahoo! Parenting about the bullying conversation she had with her six-year-old daughter Olivia. Primak explained that she was a bully “of the worst kind.” In the essay, Primak explains in full detail how she became a bully. The summer before the sixth grade, she gained 15 pounds and when she returned to school her friends treated her differently – they excluded her. Middle school wasn’t easy.
But then in high school Primak grew five inches and lost the weight. What she discovered was that with her new body and new friends, she had gained a new power. She started to pick on the vulnerable. She wrote: “I was loud and dramatic and I would humiliate people in public. I was intimidating, and I used my natural power of persuasion to rally the masses. I used it all to make others feel bad about themselves so that I could feel better — vindicated and validated. My feet never touched the ground as a bully. But I lived in constant fear that people would find out who I really was.” Primak says she now works every day “to repay a little empathy and kindness back into the universe.” Her reality show Jersey Belle airs Monday nights at 10/9c on Bravo.