“The Stigma of the Singleton with Mindy Kaling”
In the recent “Archetypes” episode feauturing Mindy Kaling, the two women opened up about the stereotypes that society places on single women and the negative stereotypes that come along with being a single mother who is also a public figure. During the conversation, The Duchess of Sussex shared that in her teenage years, she always felt like an “ugly duckling,” and was considered “the smart one,” rather than the “pretty one.” Markle also further shared that her frizzy curly hair and gapped teeth also made her feel unattractive.
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Markle also shared that she took on several responsibilities at school to make up for being a loner.
“I never had anyone to sit with at lunch. I was always a little bit of a loner and really shy and didn’t know where I fit in,” she said.
She went on to say that because she was so busy attending meetings during lunch hour, she didn’t have to worry about who she would sit with at lunch.
Kaling, who was surprised at the revelation also shared that she too, felt unattractive growing up as a dark skinned Indian girl in an all-white suburb in Boston, and the two women bonded over being outliers in their younger years. “Archetypes” is a podcast project that Markle started earlier this year to candidly discuss pertinent issues. Listen to the recent episode here.