If you watched the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on Wednesday night, then you’re amongst the 1.5 billion-odd people who witnessed Queenslander Georgia Lear get a little cheeky.
Boy, do we have a lot to learn from Georgia! What a legend.
Georgia went ‘viral’ when she accidentally revealed a little more than she intended – i.e. she flashed her bum during Ricki-Lee’s beach-themed performance.
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After her mishap grabbed global attention, the Brisbane-based dancer posted a cheeky note on Instagram:
“Last night I was feeling really BUMMED… BUTT that’s all BEHIND me now! I hope you all had a CRACKing good time watching the ceremony. Don’t forget the camera adds 5kgs… yes it was me!!!!”
Is she a good sport or what? Not only did she literally take her mis-step in her stride, but by joking about the experience, the 19-year-old displayed maturity that many people twice her age would have struggled with.
I couldn’t help but stalk her Insta profile, where I discovered she’s a totally bad-ass dancer.
Which made me smile. It made me really relieved, to be honest.
Because, you see, I’m currently reading my daughters “Good night stories for Rebel Girls”. To anyone not familiar with the book, it’s full of illustrated 1-page stories, written in basic language, about pioneering, kick-ass women over time.
Last night’s stories were about a mathematician from the 1800s who came up with an early concept for a computer; an Italian cyclist who fought for her right to race against men last century; and Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek, who redefined beauty standards after she was scouted as a model, having fled war and poverty as a teenager.
As I was reading these inspiring stories of female game-changers, I thought about the landscape my girls will wade into when they’re teenagers. I wondered how I would continue to show them strong, positive role models amongst the perfect, shiny, polished Instagram profiles, which show off everyone’s ‘best of’ reels.
Then I saw Georgia’s post this morning – and I smiled.
With humble, strong, talented, funny teenagers like Georgia in the mix, I don’t think I’ll have to look too far for positive role models.
Good on ya, Georgia – and let’s go Aussie!