Bindi Irwin: 3 Things You Don’t Know About The ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Princess

Bindi Irwin is taking center stage across the internet again for an inspiring Instagram post in which the Crocodile Hunter offspring continues to remind everyone how old they’re getting by showing how she looks at 17.

The photo, which many are calling “stunning,” was accompanied with a message about self-love.

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. “What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.” – S. Westerfeld

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As the media darling continues to come into her own, here are some surprising facts that you may not know about Bindi Irwin.

Bindi Is A Natural Speaker

Her father died after being pierced in the chest by a sting ray in 2006 when Bindi was just eight-years-old. But that didn’t stop her from giving a speech at the memorial service. From IMDb, here is the transcript of what she had to say.

“I have the best daddy in the whole world and I will miss him every day. When I see a crocodile I will always think of him and I know that Daddy made this zoo so everyone could come and learn to love all the animals. Daddy made this place his whole life and now it’s our turn to help Daddy.

The Younger Irwin Has Already Won An Emmy

According to IMDb in 2008 (at age nine), she “became the youngest performer ever to win a Daytime Emmy Award when she won the award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series.”

The previous record had been held by Camryn Grimes, “who won for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series at age ten for her performance in The Young and the Restless (1973),” the site adds.

Bindi Irwin Was Named After A Dog And A Croc.

According to Irwin’s family, Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter himself, chose to name his little girl after his dog and a pet crocodile. The dog’s name was “Sui” — the inspiration for her middle name — and the croc’s name was “Bindi,” or “little girl.”

Bindi Doesn’t Want To Hear Your Criticisms Of Her Dad.

Because Steve Irwin was known to let Bindi hang out with wild animals, sometimes in very close proximity, he was often criticized for putting his child in jeopardy. But if you want to join the critics, you’d better not do it around her. Here’s what Bindi thinks of her father.

“My daddy was my hero – he was always there for me when I needed him. He listened to me and taught me so many things, but most of all he was fun.

“I know that Daddy had an important job. He was working to change the world so everyone would love wildlife like he did. He built a hospital to help animals and he bought lots of land to give animals a safe place to live.

“He took me and my brother and my mum with him all the time. We filmed together, caught crocodiles together and loved being in the bush together.

“I don’t want Daddy’s passion to ever end. I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did.”

Are you a Bindi Irwin fan? Would you like to see this young lady follow in her father’s footsteps and get her own show? Sound off in the comments section.

[Images via Bindi Irwin Instagram, linked above]