Danielle Bregoli, the defiant, 13-year-old Dr. Phil guest who became an overnight sensation due in large part to her catchphrase “cash me ousside, how bou dat?” — a street-slang challenge to any audience members who disagreed with her to step outside for a fight (is our best guess) — has been caught on Instagram with an entirely new and more wholesome look.
Bregoli’s exhausted and frustrated mom, Barbara Ann, brought her onto the Dr. Phil show recently for a segment with the oh-so-classy title “I Want To Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried To Frame Me For A Crime,” where her mom explained that she steals her credit cards and was kiced off an airline flight after punching a passenger.
The teen looked like a 1990s throwback (in the worst way), wearing door-knocker earrings, talons as fingernails, and cheap, tight-fitting clothes. Her hair was dyed an unfortunate shade of burgundy.
As expected, the teen was combative with the audience — calling them h**s — but her bold, animated performance made her an instant meme. Her bad behavior also gained her celebrity. It’s been reported by Elite Daily that she is being hired for meet-and-greets, and makes $30,000 a pop — $40,000 if she’s required to leave the country. It’s like trashy reality TV come to life.
Bergoli is also selling merchandise with her likeness on it, and is securing endorsements on popular radio shows. That’s apparently the reward you get after a racking up a list of, according to Elite Daily, automobile thefts, verbal threats, fraud, and domestic offenses — all before high school.
In a followup segment on Dr. Phil, Bergoli talks about the time she spent working at a horse ranch, the Turn About Ranch, which is billed as a place where “therapy, academics and hard work come together to impart lasting and powerful change in teens.” Her poor attitude, though, didn’t indicate that her stay had made much of an impression.
But Bergoli’s newest change is one of the positive variety (at last). Apparently, makeup artist Wanthy Rayos, recording artist Jay Boogie, and photographer Liz Barclay got their hands on Bergoli and transformed her into something out of the pages of Teen Vogue. Removing the harshness of her look, the team gave her a more fresh yet contoured face, a feminine, off-the-shoulder top, and a pair of boyfriend jeans. Her locks are glossy, but they don’t shine quite as brightly as her … smile!
Yes, this angsty, thug-admiring teen looks like the girl next door with her miraculous makeunder, lounging on a bed looking wholesome and happy. She captioned the image, “I been down so long it look like up to me.” Uh … us, too.
Of course, the image garnered more than 499K likes from her 7 million followers, along with more than 7K of encouraging comments. Some were baffled, such as #shxyk, who wrote, “she looks pretty here wtf.” Another user, @elacrescini, added, “You look classy in this picture,” and @pebblesjxda even suggested, “She should be a model.” Though user @xxyz.jpeg kept perspective with, “Hate her attitude and the way she acts but love this pic!”.
Gaining celebrity for negative and criminal acts is irresponsible and dangerous, but in the age of the internet, it’s also somewhat inevitable. That said, 13 is young, and with more positive influences being drawn into Bergoli’s life, she has more than a fair chance of turning her life around for the better.
One person in her corner is her estranged father, who set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to help rehabilitate his wayward daughter. He wrote:
“I’m reaching out to the world, humbly, as a father that was estranged from my daughter, Danielle, as a result of parental alienation. I have always taken care of her financially but was denied the opportunity to truly be a present parent and influence her life. As a result, Danielle and her future have been compromised with the lack of the love and guidance a child needs to be able to flourish in this world. I’m asking for help with covering fees associated to legal expenses to get her the proper help she needs to be able to have a happy and healthy life in a stable home with a strong positive future.”
So far, the page has received just $2,455 of its $50K goal.
Hopefully, not too far into the future, we’ll be catching Bergoli outside feeding the homeless or raising money for disadvantaged youth. How about that?