Courtney Stodden had a hard time digesting Bethenny Frankel’s recent comments about the Kardashians exhibiting “distorted” beauty ideals, as they couldn’t help but think back to how the former “Real Housewives of New York City” addressed them during a 2013 interview.
“How are you @bethennyfrankel for girls/women when you made me feel so mocked on your show when I was 19?” Stodden, now 28, wrote on Instagram on Friday. “I canceled all my other interviews in New York and immediately flew back to LA crying.”
Stodden has since spoken to Page Six about the post and her experience with Frankel, telling Us, “Honestly, it doesn’t do me any good to relive such a traumatic moment, but I wanted to point out the double standard she lives by.
“I would never invite a guest on my TV show just to make fun of them – especially a 19-year-old,” they continued. “The way you treat someone sticks to their skin. Words matter. I was a very impressionable girl who cried out in love inside as she scratched me and allowed her guests to point fingers and laugh at me.
At the time, the model was three years into a tumultuous marriage to Doug Hutchison, someone they’ve since called a “predator.”
Frankel took swipes at his guest’s appearance which, from the teenager’s point of view, just didn’t feel right on edge.
“You said earlier that you wanted to be a 19-year-old again… You come in like you could be in a strip club,” Frankel said. “You look very promiscuous, and you look like the next move should be to make a porn video…if that’s how you market yourself.
Stodden thinks the host’s comments were not only hurtful, but hypocritical.
“As I sat there, she judged me for my hair and clothes, even though her dress was about the same length as mine,” they tell us. “Her makeup was done. Her hair was combed. She chose to put someone down for the grades. For advertising his show. To potentially advance her career as a TV talk show host.
“If she was insinuating that the Kardashians are not role models for young women, would she say that her behavior is an example of a role model? You ask if I’m cured…mostly yes. But hearing/reading his comments definitely struck a chord. It clearly opened up a wound that I had to deal with over the years.
While Stodden isn’t looking for excuses, they would like “acknowledgment and change” from Frankel, “so others don’t have to go through the things that I have so publicly.”
“What if an older woman talks to her child that way for some misogynistic reason? Women should always support women,” they told us. “I’m so sick of women hurting other women , and for a long time. It’s not ok. Usually, when someone hurts someone else, it means that they are the ones hurting inside.
And for others who have been shamed for their looks, Stodden has a simple message.
“You are enough. Your clothes don’t define you or define your worth – no matter what you wear!