The Southern Belle is a fading but fighting tradition that few contemporary southern girls have the time and patience for. However, deep in the heart of the south, there pumps the life of a few girls still kicking it old school. Leigh Anne, Raini...... Read Full Episode Summary »
On this episode of True Life, we follow Leigh Anne, Raini and Kate as they try to balance their southern values with the modern world they live in.
The Southern Belle is a fading but fighting tradition that few contemporary southern girls have the time and patience for. However, deep in the heart of the south, there pumps the life of a few girls still kicking it old school. Leigh Anne, Raini and Kate have ideals and motives that only so many girls have at their age -- they live in a mentality of southern gentility that seems so surreal and yet for them, so achievable. Can they live in this way, in these times, and stay true to not only themselves and the way of Southern Belle life?
Raini, 18, is a pageant girl and true Southern Belle focused on outdoing herself and keeping perfection alive. She lives for representing Ole Miss in the best way possible, keeping sweet with her southern gentlemen, Justin and competing in beauty pageants. In three weeks she has the Miss Southern Magnolia State Pageant. She wants to win and be known statewide as Miss Southern Magnolia. While she loves the competition, she hates the stress; Raini is hoping she can make it through the show without her mother's constant nagging, with a smile on her face and hope for the title in her heart. Just like a true Southern Lady.
Leigh Anne, 24, is getting her masters in Spanish at the University of Mississippi and serves as Miss Oxford Lafayette County Hospitality, but she still feels unfulfilled. While she's pretty and perfectly sweet, Leigh Anne is single, and it is the crux of her being. Being engaged by age 22 is the norm for a Southern Belle. At 24, Leigh Anne is tormented by her singlehood. Mom and Dad are pushing, big sis is picking, and Leigh Anne's fearful of living her life as an Old Maid. A Belle would never find a date over the internet nor even ask a man out, so what's a girl to do when there's slim pickings in her neck of the woods?
Kate is a Tennessee girl who was raised to love the land. She's dedicated to her horse riding and isn't afraid of getting messy. Sure, she'll shoot a gun but she'll also sport some mascara and high heels. Kate has some issues with relationships; her parents divorced suddenly when she was in high school, and being true Southern parents, they never once argued in front of her. The divorce was a shock to her identity as a young woman, and because of this, Kate is not sure how to devote herself completely to a man within an relationship. She doesn't want to commit immediately, and she doesn't want to lose herself either, but can Kate stay close with Jake, her boyfriend, or will he eventually trail off?
Conservative and demure, these Southern Belles are intent on upholding the traditions and values they grew up with. Even as the times change, Raini, Leigh Anne and Kate hope to find exactly what they want, and will not settle for anything less -- stress, age and commitment be warned!