Wow, Bindi Irwin is all grown up!
The daughter of the late Steve Irwin posted a photo on Instragram showing she’s not that cute little Ausy girl anymore, but a young beautiful woman.
it’s not just her adult appearance that she was showing off with her recent photo – the caption proves she’s maturing into a beautiful woman on the inside too.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself,” Bindi wrote as she shared the photo of herself, smiling, wearing eye makeup and lipstick. She then added a favorite quote of hers: “‘What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.’ – S. Westerfeld” she wrote.
Bindi, who has inherited her dad’s love of wildlife and conservation, was just 8 years old when her famous father tragically died in 2006. But despite having to deal with such a huge loss early on in her life, the Return to Nim’s Island actress has grown up with a very sensible head on her young shoulders.
Talking last year, the Australian teenager urged fellow celebrities to cover up and stop showing too much skin.
“I’m a big advocate for young girls dressing their age,” Irwin told News Corp Australia at the time. “I mean, for me, I look around at a lot of young girls that are my age and they’re always trying to dress older. Whether it’s wearing revealing clothes or hardly wearing any clothes at all, I feel really bad for them. It kind of has the opposite effect in some ways – it kind of does the opposite where it makes you look younger and like you’re trying too hard,” she said.
She also told People earlier this year, she “want(s) to encourage other young girls not to grow up too soon.”
“Just enjoy the now,” she said. “It’s so easy for 16-year-olds, including myself, to say, ‘I just wish I were an adult.’ But we can’t wish our lives away. When we’re adults, we’ll say, ‘I wish I were 16 again.'”
Her famous father recognized Bindi’s beauty from the get-go, and he urged her to protect it. “Dad said I can’t date until I’m 40,” she said with a laugh. “So maybe I’ll just focus on my studies. It’s a long way off.”
Bindi’s mother Terri Irwin agreed, telling People, “Teenage boys are scarier than crocodiles! Crocs are much more predictable!”
“But serious, I’m very proud of Bindi and proud of her life choices,” Steve’s widow added. “I think she has always taken very seriously the opportunity to be a role model. She’d never say that, but she wants to make a difference.”