Flying under the radar was never in the cards for Sadie Robertson. Her family—parents Willie and Korie, five siblings (including sister-in-law Mary Kate), and cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents—has starred in A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” since 2012. Since the hit show’s debut, Robertson’s life and commitment to her faith have been on public display. While being on a reality show would be daunting for any 14-year-old, she’s used her role to inspire her peers to be confident, modest, gracious and genuine.
Now 19, Robertson is the author of best-selling book “Live Original;” the face of a Rue21 clothing line and a Sherri Hill prom dress line; a star on the small screen as runner-up on season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars,” and the big screen in “God’s Not Dead 2”; and the visionary who prompted a nationwide Live Original Live conference tour—not to mention she just graduated from high school, where she played on her school’s tennis and basketball teams. Whew!
Robertson took an hour on the rainiest day of the year in Louisiana (“We’re going stir-crazy! We’re literally running our stairs for fun,” she says) to talk about the inspiration and motivation behind leveraging her public platform to influence young people around the country. Grab a glass of sweet tea; imagine a thick Southern accent (that only gets thicker as she tells a story with excitement); and get to know this charming young woman making waves in the world.
Photo credit: Graham Meyers