Bindi Irwin as “Sunday Style” magazine model at the age of 17 is hard to believe for Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s fans, but when Bindi talks about fashion, her boyfriend, and her dad, it all makes sense. Bindi Irwin showcased a beautiful smile and a gorgeous look on the cover of “Sunday Style,” Australia’s fashion magazine, and in regard to dressing as a beautiful young lady Steve Irwin’s daughter has one thing to say – there is a right time for everything.
As reported by Australia’s News on August 3, Bindi Irwin was only eight years old when in 2006 her famous dad, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, died at the age of 44 after a sting ray fatally stabbed her dad into the heart while shooting a wildlife documentary.
Fast forward nine years, and Bindi Irwin still calls her dad her “Superhero” whose legacy and message she is trying to continue along with her mom Terri Irwin and her 11-year-old brother Robert. While Bindi continues to live with her family in her home at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, the 17-year-old has added another treasure to her heart – 18-year-old American wakeboarder Chandler Powell .
“I was blessed to meet Chandler and his family back in November 2013. We remained in touch and stayed friends. Since then, our friendship has developed into something really special. We send a Snapchat or Skype each other. We’re connected, which is so great. He is passionate about wildlife and an extraordinary wakeboarder. We are excited to be achieving more conservation work together. I feel lucky to have him in my life.”
Bindi Irwin talked about Chandler after her “Sunday Style” photo shoot and shared that she and Chandler met while working on her “Wildlife Warriors” conservation campaign, for which Powell serves as a global ambassador. With her dad always in her mind and heart, the 17-year-old recalls that her father said that before any young man could date her, he would have to be able to swim across a pond with crocodiles.
In a way, at the age of 17, Bindi is crossing her own pond filled with crocodiles and her father could not be any prouder. Besides continuing her father’s conservation work and being a worldwide ambassador for animals, the 17-year-old appears regularly on stage at Australia Zoo, singing, dancing and hosting the croc shows with her mom and her brother “Bob.” More than crocodiles, Bindi says that she is scared of Facebook and the social media in general, but despite her fears, she does keep Instagram and Twitter pages. What keeps Steve Irwin’s daughter grounded is her family:
“Growing up where I have has been a great factor. I live in a town called Beerwah, right in the middle of Australia Zoo. It’s not hustle and bustle and busy, so that’s helpful. We travel all over the world, but I’ve always been able to come home and run around in the middle of the Australian outback.”
“My favourite thing in the world is going out to get Chinese food, then coming home and renting a movie. A friend of mine just sent me the translated work of a German poet, Rilke, and I’m starting that, too. I’d rather be at home drinking tea and reading a book than anything else. I’m not very crazy.”
“We’re a little family, but we love each other more than anything else on earth. After Dad passed away it was really, really tough. Some days you’d have really hard days and it was kind of tough to get out of bed in the morning. So we started this tradition where we talked about our favourite part of the day. It might be a lovely warm shower, or having dinner together, but it was to focus on something good. It started as a game but it turned into a life lesson. Now it’s easier to find the happiness in every day.”
“As I’m getting older, I’m really learning unconditional love and loyalty are extremely important. I know I can count on my mum and brother to be there for me through good and bad times. It’s so easy to be there when it’s all sunshine, but it really takes strength and courage to be there for each other during the dark times.”
During her interview, while riding back home from her 5-hour “Sunday Style” photo session, Bindi Irwin confessed that whatever people say about time healing the pain of having lost someone like her dad is not true:
“You never actually move on from it. As a little kid, I remember people coming up to me and saying, ‘I’m so sorry [for your loss], sweetheart, but time heals all wounds.’ — There really isn’t a greater lie. It’s just not true. It’s like losing a part of your heart. And when you’ve lost that, you never get it back. Part of you will always be missing. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with.”
Bindi Irwin’s “Sunday Style” photo shoot is a way for the 17-year-old to stay true to herself, she says, and emphasizes that as important as it is to wear khakis around crocodiles, as important is it to be able to wear beautiful clothes, jewelry, and makeup. As for her future, Bindi will be leaving her fashion clothes at home and take a month-long trip to track crocodiles at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Far North Queensland along with her mother and brother. As for her dad not being with the family, Bindi Irwin says that “with the huge milestones in life, I think, ‘I wish he was here for this,’ but when you lose someone so close to you they never really leave. I’m very lucky and very happy. I look back over the past 17 years and think I’ve been privileged to have done so much. But my life journey is only just starting.”