We know her as Snooki from the hit reality show The Jersey Shore and have watched her go from DTF party girl to fit wife and mother of two. Nicole Polizzi sat down with us to discuss her latest book, Strong Is the New Sexy.
Though our inner Guidettes may not like it, even fresh-to-death meatballs grow up and settle down. Such is the case with Nicole Polizzi, whose alter ego Snooki and her famous hair poof, has officially been laid to rest. Polizzi, now 27, admits she’s been trying to recreate her image since she gave birth to her son Lorenzo.
“I’m not the girl from Jersey Shore anymore, and I can’t continue to play that role because I’m a mom. I have two kids and I’m healthy, and that’s kind of what I’m trying to say with this book,” Polizzi said.
But being a TV star can make reinventing your image difficult, especially if your most memorable quote is “Party’s here!” Polizzi says the most challenging thing for her has been the transition in lifestyle.
“Going to from being a young party girl to settling down, getting married, having kids — I mean it’s a totally different world. Sometimes I catch myself still trying to get used to it, but it’s the whole aspect of growing up.”
Polizzi admits she does still go out and occasionally beat up the beat with her girls. “The No. 1 thing to being a great mom is to have time to yourself. Once or twice a month, I go out to a club and have fun. I mean, I’m not dead; I’m a mom.”
Aside from giving fitness and nutrition advice in her book, Strong Is the New Sexy, she also gives advice on dealing with being bullied — something she has a lot of experience with.
“For me personally, I was bullied my entire four years of high school, and it sucked. Just one day, I decided I wasn’t going to be a scared little bitch anymore, and I’m going to say something. Ever since I said something, no one’s ever said a word to me in school. You have to stick up for yourself and know that everything people are saying about you isn’t true, and you shouldn’t question yourself. Once, I had confidence in myself, no one could hurt me. Thank god, that happened, because if it didn’t happen and I went on Jersey Shore, having to deal with what everybody was saying to me, I probably would’ve cracked.”
When it comes to raising her two children, 3-year-old Lorenzo and 1-year-old daughter Giovanna, both she and husband Jionni LaValle want to make sure their kids are respectful. “We want them to have manners and say please and thank you.”
But raising a daughter adds a whole new set of worries to being a parent, she said. “Just because she can get pregnant, and he can’t. But [Lorenzo] can get somebody else pregnant. I want both of them to be safe and make sure they make the right decisions, and if they don’t, they can come to me and not be scared of me. I want to be their friend, but at the same time, let them know I’m their mom and they can’t f*** with me. I have to figure out how I’m going to draw that line.”
Another aspect of motherhood that Polizzi is brutally honest about in her book is what happened to her “lady business” after giving birth a second time. She recalls looking at the stitches in her “Frankenstein vagina.”
“I felt like a bomb went off down there, and I wanted to know what it looked like. I bent down in front of a mirror and it looked totally disgusting! It didn’t even look like my vagina, it didn’t even look like it was alive, so I was mentally scarred from that. I’m talking about it now, but I can still see the image of my gross vagina. If people are ever curious to know what it looks like, it’s really really awful.”
Polizzi said everything down there is all good now and that she’ll probably even give birth again.
“I would like two more, but at the same time, these kids are pissing me off so much that I’m going to wait two or three years. I actually wanted to get pregnant again in December, but I can’t do that right now. They’re both a pain in the ass. I have to wait until they get a little bit older so that when I have a newborn, they can help me out and not be a problem.”
Polizzi’s future includes two upcoming projects that she can’t share with us quite yet but tells us she will absolutely be on TV again. While television is her primary career goal, she admits she doesn’t want her kids to be involved anymore because she doesn’t think it’s normal. “I have so many great memories of just being a normal kid, and I want my kids to have great memories, too. We don’t want cameras in their face, 24-7,” said Polizzi.
We think that’s a great strategy and can’t wait until she’s back on television.
Polizzi’s latest book, Strong Is the New Sexy, will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 13.