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Joni has also found her "inner Oprah." She's in college now, studying for a double major and working in the special education department at an elementary school. Joni says she doesn't need Oprah's shoes to gain strength as often as she once did—because she's standing on her own now!
Joni says people still recognize her as the "shoe girl." Once, she was driving and got pulled over by a police officer when she realized that she'd left her license at work. "When I pulled over it was a lady police officer," Joni says. "She looked over and said, 'Shoe girl!'"