Lauren Marbe, the teenager who enjoys fake tanning and manicures, is very proud of her high score, especially because it contradicts all the stigmas associated with being blonde.
"My teachers knew I was quite clever because of my grades but they had always thought I was blonde and a bit ditzy," she told SWNS. "Now they keep saying 'I didn't realize you were that clever'."
Marbe is a pupil at Roding Valley High School in Loughton, Essex where she is a straight A and A* student. Though she ultimately dreams of being a performer in the West End, if she decides to go to college after high school, she plans on studying architecture at the University of Cambridge.
The teenage prodigy is also a gifted singer, she performed in the West End for two years as part of the chorus for Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash-hit Joseph.
Her parents, David and Sue Marbe, say they'll support Lauren in whichever path she decides to follow, and take a lot of pride in the fact that their daughter may be able to put an end to the 'blondes are dumb' labels in their community.
"Most of the time Essex gets a bit of a negative press. People think all girls are blonde and all girls are dim. Lauren is blonde but it does seem like she has shaken the stereotype that all Essex girls are stupid," they said. "Essex girls are all well groomed and Lauren isn't any different. Her and her friends like to go out and get dressed up in nice clothes. There's nothing wrong with the TOWIE cast and everyone in Essex loves the program but its just nice for us all to get a good reputation for academic success for a change."
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