Why do people like Kendra? It's simple. People like Kendra because she's open, genuine, sweet and real. She's opened her heart, mind, and life to people on-camera and off. She's inspired people who connect with her and have been in her position with what she has been through in her life in the past and present. There is more to Kendra than being a playmate or Hef's ex-girlfriend. She was abandoned by her father when her parents divorced. She had a troubled childhood where she was heavily using drugs, OD'd at one point, suffered from major clinical depression, was suicidal, and hospitalized for it. Kendra's relationship with Hef isn't just for money, publicity, or for show. She credits Hef with basically saving her life. He was a friend/psuedo- father-figure who looked after her at a time when she was the wild child and heading down a wrong path. He allowed her to grow and find herself, while still keeping her under some guidelines and guidance. Hef is very important to her and always will be which is why he is a huge part of her, Hank, and baby Hank's lives.
Kendra also went through dealing with having a long distance relationship, the trials and tribulations of being the wife of an NFL player with an uncertain future, and a new mom. She dealt with her clinical depression coming back post-partum and her issues of body image adjusting to her body after pregnancy. She shared and was open about her body not being what it used to be before pregnancy and her feelings about getting her body back to her pre-pregnancy shape. She's even dealt with naysayers thinking a mom shouldn't be sexy. Kendra has been through alot in her young life. Through it all she's been her same genuine, open, sweet, kind self.
Kendra has come a long way from her troubled past and the girl who couldn't look at herself in the mirror, to the wife and mother she is today. She is real, relatable, and has opened her life to people. Which is why she has inspired alot of people who have been through or experienced some of the things she has. It's why she was the most popular of the "Girls Next Door". It's why people who have never seen her on "Girls Next Door" like her after seeing her on her own show. It's why people who haven't seen her on either show like her. She's endearing, relatable, genuine and sweet. Kendra doesn't view herself as perfect or some huge role model. Kendra's fans view her as just Kendra, real, genuine, sweet, relatable, kind-hearted, and loveable with flaws and all. Kendra is just trying to continue to grow, mature, and be the best wife and mother she can be. She learning and growing as time goes on, like most young people, and trying not to judge other people as she''s been judged along the way. There are new moms, troubled kids, women with body image problems, people who suffered from depression/post-partum depression, people with abandonment issues, people in long-distance relationships, sports wives, and yes, guys who think she's hot, who relate to her and like her. There are also just people who like seeing a genuine, kind person, even with flaws, on tv. Everyone has a past. Everyone makes mistakes and not everyone has the same moral views on certain things in this world. However, a genuine, endearing person with a kind spirit can be appreciated any day of the week every day, IMHO. That's why people like Kendra.
I sometimes wish Kendra had been partnered with Maks. He has a knack for helping his partners who have internal issues. I know Louis has done alot with his partners as far as transforming their bodies. However, Kendra has always had stage fright and self-esteem/body issues. Alot of times people mistake the fact that Kendra was a playmate with her being confident in front of an audience. SHe's not into PDA and is always really nervous in front of an audience and concerned about being judged. She was the same way when she competed on the MC competition show on VH1, even though she loves hip-hop. Hopefully with time she will become more comfortable and just be able to let her fun side come out and enjoy things. However, she stayed nervous in the MC competition to the very end even though she came in second. Time will tell. I'm just glad she's gotten to be on the show, receive the benefits of being there, and has the support of her fans, friends, family, and Hank's family.