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Marian's 13-year-old daughter, Sydney, says her mom initially told her she was a showroom model. When she learned Marian was really a stripper, Sydney says she "freaked out." Now, with some time to get used to the idea, she says she is proud of Marian. "I think she's really brave to do it," she says. "My mom is not a bad person. She's a really good mom, and she cares about us. Believe it or not, she does a lot more stuff than a lot of those other moms do."

Is Sydney worried what people will think when they find out her mother is a stripper? "Yes and no," she says. "I'm kind of worried about what they might think about me and my mom and our family, but no because I don't care what they think. Our family is definitely not normal, but it's normal for our family."

After talking with Sydney, Lisa says her viewpoint shows wisdom. "If she's not judging her own mom, who gives everyone the right to do it?" Lisa says. "Frankly, Marian is there from the second those kids wake up in the morning, and as soon as those kids come home from school, she's right there. How many moms can say they have that kind of time?"
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FROM: Living on the Edge: Lisa Ling Reports How Far Would You Go?
Published on February 27, 2008

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