With anyone in the limelight, the pressure to be perfect is great. However, for former NFL pro turned “Live!” co-host Michael Strahan, the pressure to be perfect does not exist; take the gap in his front teeth as proof-positive of that.
During a recent interview with ELLE magazine, Strahan did admit at one time, he considered getting the gap in his front teeth closed: “I was at the dentist having him do mock-ups. I thought about it, man…I was in my twenties,” he told ELLE magazine. “I was playing with the Giants. There’s so much pressure to be perfect.”
Then Strahan had an epiphany and decided that to close the gap in his teeth would not be a part of his authentic self: “For me, I made the conscious effort to say, ‘This is who I am.’ I’m not perfect. I don’t want to be perfect. At this point, I don’t think my kids would recognize me without it,” he added.
In addition to talking to ELLE about his personal appearance, he also shared the advice he gives his daughters about men: “Stay away! No, I’m joking. Even though I’m not with their mother, it’s important for my kids to see adults in a committed and happy relationship. They need to see a strong relationship. You don’t have to settle,” he told the popular magazine.
Strahan who is currently engaged to former wife of Eddie Murphy, Nicole Murphy, is one half of the dynamic daytime talk duo on the “Live! with Kelly and Michael” show alongside Kelly Ripa.
During his career with the NFL, Strahan served as a defensive end who played his entire career for the New York Giants. He also set the record for the most sacks in a single season and won a Super Bowl in his final year.
So what do you think of Strahan deciding not to close the gap in his teeth? What message is he conveying to others about the imperfections they have? Read more about Strahan and his interview with ELLE magazine and watch related video below!
Cicely C. Mitchell, 100.3 KILT/Houston