The Art Of Storytelling: Alex Vause-Victoria Page Connection

14 Aug

 

A lot of you have wondered why I stan so incredibly hard for Laura Prepon’s character on Orange is the New Black, Alex Vause.  I will admit in the beginning of the series, I did not particularly care for her, until I saw her childhood flashback.  The scene begins with a young Alex standing with a group of other girls who are pointing out to her that her shoes really aren’t Adidas.  She’s embarrassed, as her mother is a single mom who doesn’t have money for the real ones.  This happened to me in the seventh grade, except it wasn’t that my shoes where fake, it’s that I ….gasp….only owned one pair of shoes.

Picture it, 1992, the hell known as seventh grade.  At the bus stop people would usually break into their own groups and talk, and you know it like a poet, young Miss Page was socially awkward and not at peace with her introvert nature.  This lead to me trying to hang out with girls that clearly did not see it for me.  There was this one in the group who made it her business, to shame me on a weekly basis (that was an improvement from the daily basis known as sixth grade).  If she wasn’t teasing me because my father wasn’t a Chief, and hers was, she had jokes for days about how black I was (I say to her today…..try that shit now…) so on and so on.  Just when I thought this junior see you next Tuesday had pointed out all of my flaws, she dug deep.  We were standing around talking about something, and then she blurts out, “Victoria!  Why do you only have one pair of shoes?”  Until this moment, I never thought there was a problem with that.  I got a pair of shoes every time the seasons changed.  My shoes were not in bad shape, but this see you next Tuesday decided at the young age of 12 I was uncool because I was not a Junior Emelda Marcos status.  I was so embarrassed.  That night I asked my mom why I didn’t have more than one pair of shoes, and she replied, “Because you only have two feet.”  I promised myself that night that when I grew up, I would have more than one pair of shoes and it shows.  I have a ridiculous collection of shoes, most that I have never worn, because I never want anyone to equate my lack of shoes with poverty.  A waste of money? Probably.  But I am just keeping my promise to Young Miss Page, that she would never be embarrassed like that again.

 

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