Katherine Schwarzenegger, 20, the oldest child of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalist Maria Shriver, has written her first book, titled “Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty”.
It’s aimed at helping young girls deal with body image issues and to gain confidence in themselves. Katherine told USA Today that her parents worked hard so that she and her three siblings had a normal childhood.
“They were very protective of having us in the public eye when we were younger. We didn’t go to Hollywood premieres. We practiced community service. We went to school and camp like normal kids,” says Katherine, a junior majoring in communications at the University of Southern California.
She she had her first body image crisis when she was in the fourth grade, and wrote her book to let young girls know that they are not alone.
“It was the first time I was aware of my body and compared what I looked like to what other girls looked like,” she says. “It freaked me out…I want to let girls know they are not alone with the changes and doubts about their body.”
During these difficult years, she believes it’s important for girls to have a close relationship with their mothers. “My mom was always good with me. She always checked in with me. I had the best relationship with my mom. I still do. I talk to her four times a day…I also have an amazing relationship with my dad…I talk to him about boys, about going out, about what I’m interested in, about business.”