LAST EDITED ON 05-01-06 AT 06:30 PM (EST)
We've all laughed with and at Antonia while watching her try to convince Iyanla, the audience, and herself, that she is actually a classy woman who NEEDS to be dressed in the best the designers have to offer. I think Antonia actually wants to believe that - but a lot of her noise is about playing to the cameras and making herself memorable. She wants to be seen as an incorrigible, sassy young woman.
Is Antonia's out of control spending her father's fault? Well, Iyanla may think so, but Antonia's creditors will only care about that connection if daddy co-signed for any of her debt, lol.
Iyanla doesn't do financial workshops, so she has to address this from an emotional/spiritual place. But that's OK because Iyanla seems to believe that every woman loves and needs "her daddy" - whether she knows it or not. Antonia's father's absence and "box of money gift" are probably elements that have gone into forming Antonia's self-concept, but are they the primary factors? If not, Iyanla may spend a lot of time addressing issues that won't help this girl with her lack of self-control. While I don't think that Antonia's father is completely irrelevant, I'm just not convinced that Antonia's entitlement problems begin and end with her father. So, let's hope that Iyanla augments her coaching with some serious financial education from a pro.
I have to say, there is one thing that sets Antonia apart from all of the other HG's. Where Iyanla is concerned, Antonia actually says the things that a lot of people are thinking. It's usually pretty obvious that a HG is confused or just disagrees with something Iyanla does or says - their facial expressions usually give that away. But not too many of them actually say what they're thinking, so this is a little more interesting.
And whoever picked it up was right...Iyanla almost doubled Antonia's debt today, LOL.