A sixteen-year-old girl rests a hand on her over-sized baby bump as she walks. Bystanders stare with a mixture of pity and disgust, yet they have no idea what this girl has been through or the struggles she must face on a daily basis. Society is so quick to judge teen mothers. Doesn’t it seem right for someone to expose the true stories of these teen moms around the country? MTV thinks so.
Kailyn Lowry, 19, is one of the four stars of Teen Mom 2, a reality show that follows four teen mothers around to capture the actuality of having a child at a young age.
“MTV had the balls to address teen pregnancy,” Lowry says.
Despite the stereotypes and common perceptions of young mothers, Lowry defeats the typical teen profile. Not many can grow up in an unstable environment, raise a baby, attend college, work, maintain a relationship, film a hit reality show, and play celebrity with rare down time. Lowry does admit she’s late for at least one thing or more during her daily schedule. Like any busy human being the stress does get to her.
“When I think of my son [Isaac] it pushes me to do more,” the teen mom says.
A Honesdale native, Lowry resides in Nazareth, PA. Growing up in a not so ideal household, she turned it into a positive and learned from it. Lowry met her father for the first time on the Teen Mom 2 predecessor show, 16 and Pregnant and hasn’t been in contact with him since. It’s not much better with her mother either.
“She puts her boyfriend first and as a mother I can’t understand that,” Lowry says.
Dealing with her mother’s alcoholism made it rough for Lowry to continue living with her, which is why she moved in with Jo Rivera, her ex-boyfriend and Isaac’s father. As seen on Teen Mom 2, Lowry had a dramatic move out and began dating her Sports Authority co-worker again, Jordan Wenner, 21.
Although most of these moments have been captured on Teen Mom 2, there’s something more significant behind it. The show has given Lowry a chance to share her message to the world, which is all she really wanted. It’s also helped her find a niche with teen mothers. Lowry became friends with the other stars, Leah Messer and Chelsea Houska as well as Maci Bookout from Teen Mom.
“I especially get along with them since my friends don’t have babies and they’re all away at college,” Lowry says.
But, it’s not all perks. Since appearing on 16 and Pregnant, Lowry has become a recognizable reality star. Regardless of being thrown into the celebrity world, Lowry remains down to earth, level headed, and keeps true to realistic dreams.
“I’m not a celebrity,” she insists. “I just see it as though I’m more popular than before.”
So what can viewers expect during this season? “A lot has changed,” Lowry says.Tags: 16 and Pregnant, alcoholism, Chelsea Houska, Honesdale, Isaac and Kailyn, Jardan Wenner, Kailyn Lowry, Leah Messer, Maci Bookout, mother, MTV, Nazareth PA, Sports Authority, Teen Mom, Teen Mom 2, teen mother