Sometimes it's hard to have pity for paparazzi-plagued celebrities. After all, they signed up for the gig, and they're copiously compensated for any given troubles. But celebrities' children are another story. It can't be easy to read about your parents' sex tapes, jailtime, or cheating scandals in the daily rags.
So to combat public misconceptions about celebrity kids and create new summer reading material for teens, the 14-year-old duo of Reginae Carter (Lil Wayne's daughter) and Bria Williams (Miami resident/rap star Birdman's daughter) wrote a book dubbed Paparazzi Princesses.
We spoke to the girls ahead of their Coral Gables book signing this Saturday on being in the spotlight, their own lifelong dreams, and handling the haters.
Cultist: What gave you two the idea to write a book?
Williams: We wanted more chances to start reading, we haven't been reading ourselves and we wanted to make a summer book for kids to read that's fun.
How do you think regular teens will relate?
Wiliams: I think they will because it's real life stories we're talking about in the book, they've just been embellished.
What have you learned from being in the spotlight?
Carter: I've leaned that you never give up and always follow your dreams. Don't let anybody bring you down or change your mind.
In your own words, how would you describe the book?
Carter: The book is about two teenage girls who have celebrity fathers and they're trying to grow up with a normal life but it gets tough because they have friends that aren't real, they have chores they have to do and they're not set up to because they're very spoiled. We have our ups and downs in the book.
I know you girls partnered with another writer. Did you do a lot of the writing yourselves -- how did that process work?
Williams: Yes, we did the writing ourselves. We told the stories and we embellished them. She just wrote down the stories -- we told them to her and added on to them.
Who are your role models?
Carter: I would have to say my role model is my mother. She's also a New York Times bestselling author with her book Priceless Inspirations. I went on some of her tour dates and it really influenced me to write a book and follow in her footsteps.
Williams: I would say my dad because he's a great business man. He does a lot of stuff with Cash Money and I see him doing business calls and stuff and he does them really well.