Farrah Abraham of TEEN MOM – The Story Behind the ShootBy Agenda Magazine | March 29th, 2012 | Category: The Statement | 1 Comment »
Models International invited me to photograph Farrah Abraham in early March 2012. It was a pleasure shooting with her and an honor to have Models International let me turn their office into my studio for the afternoon. Special thanks to designers Victor Wilde and Coco Johnsen for allowing me to once again pull from their amazing collections.
Farrah Abraham was one of the original girls featured in MTV’s 16 & Pregnant, but is most recognized as one of the stars of MTV’s hit show, Teen Mom. She has been featured on MTV’s The Alexa Chung show, Dr.Drew show, and Anderson Cooper‘s show. Farrah has been featured in magazines including Seventeen Magazine and Us Weekly; and she is frequently documented and discussed on entertainment blogs. Currently living in Hollywood, Florida she plans to release her first book, My Teenage Dream Ended, later this summer. She is putting out an Italian pepper sauce affectionately titled MOM & ME, launching her own fashion accessories line, and plans to move forward with her entertainment career. In addition, Farrah would like to release children’s books, cook books, a clothing line, a new perfume, open her desired restaurants and much, much more!
Farrah Abraham has been forced to grow up fast since becoming pregnant as a 17-year-old high school student in 2008. In addition to the struggles of being a teenage mother, her child’s father, Derek Underwood, died in a car accident just two months prior to daughter Sophia being born.
Farrah, along with Teen Mom‘s Maci, Amber, and Catelynne, opened up to Us Weekly about their struggles in an exclusive interview (on newsstands now). Here is some of what Farrah had to say about her mother, dealing with Derek’s death, daughter Sophia, and her future as a single teenage mom.
When asked about her relationship with her mother Farrah said that the two have forgiven each other and have moved past the assault incident. Surprisingly, she says she speaks with her mom and dad daily now and they have an important role in Sophia’s life. “They’re the best possible babysitters I could find! They take Sophia to the park and are teaching her how to drive her toy car . . . fun little things.”
Farrah clears up a lot of details about her relationship with Sophia’s father Derek Underwood as well, telling the magazine that the two dated on and off for two years. Six months into their dating, Derek got her a promise ring; but Farrah said she wasn’t “ready for such a big step and just wanted to be friends.” She says that moment changed their relationship and they “weren’t seeing eye-to-eye” after that. Derek and Farrah’s mom would fight, and she would even call the cops when she caught Farrah sneaking Derek into the house. About her actions at the time Farrah confesses, “I realize now I shouldn’t have acted like an immature teenager.”
Farrah and Derek had not talked to each other for about four months at the time of his death and when Farrah described the couple’s last conversation to her parents, in which he was “nice one second and then really hurtful the next,” her mom said, “You just need to get away from that and focus on your education and saving money.” Farrah still had a good relationship with her family at the time and she realized, “When your parents give you an ultimatum, saying ‘Start fresh without this romance, and go and be happy,’ you’re going to take that rather than having your boyfriend call you names and make you feel bad because you’re pregnant. I needed a break from all the drama, but I definitely tried to work some things out with him; and I wish it would have happened.”
Farrah goes on to clarify that she thought Derek would have made a great dad, and when Sophia is old enough, she will open up more about what happened between the two of them. Farrah also describes a baby book she made for Sophia with notes between her and Derek, as well as lots of pictures and written memories.
As far as her future plans, Farrah has finished her associate’s degree and is presently working on her bachelor’s. She plans on moving to a bigger city like Chicago or San Jose, California, and hopes to open up her own Italian-Asian fusion restaurant.
She wraps up the interview by talking about the potential of finding love again, saying that her goals and family are a priority, but she does want to start dating again. “I have guy friends now who are candidates for someone I’d want to be with, but I haven’t had time to look at them in that light.”