“Toddlers & Tiaras” is one of our favorite trainwreck shows to watch and in the last year the TLC kiddle pageant reality show has become rather controversial. Tots dressed as movie hookers! Toddlers getting waxed! Wee ones high on Pixie Sticks! The parenting, it is questionable. The standout “T&T” regular, in our opinion, is little MaKenzie, a Southern firecracker who will not go anywhere without her beloved pacifier NiNi. As an adult, dressing up like a “T&T” superstar is basically the same as dressing like a slutty princess — seriously, the short, poofy dresses are nearly identical. Pop in a NiNi, don a crown, tan your skin, apply 17 pounds of brightly colored eyeshadow, and scream with authority at anyone in your vicinity, “Don’t you EVER do that again!” and you’re set. Find out how to get the costume, after the jump! Keep reading »
The mothers on “Toddlers & Tiaras” are notorious for making questionable judgment calls when it comes to their children. Bare midriffs, heavy makeup, risque dance moves, spray tans, Red Bull. and flippers all can be considered “too mature” for kids. Wendy Dickey is the latest pageant mom with her head on the guillotine for dressing her 3-year-old daughter Paisley up as Julia Robert’s character from “Pretty Woman.” Her costume wasn’t any worse that some of the others I’ve seen on the show in the past — I seem to recall a girl dressed as Daisy Duke — it’s the implication of the costume that is unnerving. A tiny prostitute. Not the look most people want to associate with a 3-year-old. Wendy is standing by her costume choice. “I’m raising my child just as well as any mother does … I take my kid to church every week … at least I’m not forcing them into sports and getting my child injured like some parents … People need to look at their own family and what they’re doing. I don’t know why people are focusing so much on pageant moms when there’s much more harmful things people are letting their children do!” she said. Keep reading »
Most of us were busy solidifying our personalities when we were six, not solidifying our plans for retirement from pageantry. At age six, “Toddlers and Tiaras‘” Eden Wood has eclipsed spray tans and flippers. The little diva feels that her 300 wins on the circuit are enough to launch her into superstardom. She’s onto to bigger and better things in the Biz — a canopy bed collection, a memoir (aptly entitled From Cradle to Crown) , an action figure, a mall tour, and of course, her singing career starting with her singles “Cutie Patootie” and “Under Puppy.” Eh, let Eden go pursue her “destiny” as her manager /mother Mickie puts it. The only “Toddlers and Tiaras” star I care about is Eden’s rival, devil child and Ni Ni enthusiast, Mackenzie. Someone give that child her own show already! [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
How narrow-minded of Jezebel to question why a black pageant contestant would need a spray tan! Sure, Victoria’s mother on “Toddlers & Tiaras” is feeding into the overly-primped beauty ideal that is plaguing child beauty pageants, but to assume that she was overdoing the pageant preparation because she was tanning her already brown child is plain wrong. News flash: some black folks do enjoy tanning. It’s one of my most relaxing summer pastimes, which I learned from my mother who is about Victoria’s complexion. And yes, there are varying degrees of darkness, but what I like is the golden undertone that safe(r) tanning gives me. Maybe next time Jezebel will be more open-minded when it comes to child beauty pageants and just hate on them like every other rational-thinking person. Keep reading »
Former beauty pageant star Brooke Breedwell (um, yes, that’s her real name) has spoken out about her pageant past. You may recognize her from this disturbing documentary, “Painted Babies.” Today, she doesn’t look back on her participation fondly. Now a sophomore in college, Breedwell claims that her mother not only pushed her too hard, the experience scarred her for life. “Pageants have put a lot of stress and anxiety on my life,” she told “Good Morning America.” “I feel the need to be perfect at everything, and I know that’s not realistic. You can’t be perfect at everything.” Is it time we start regulating baby beauty pageants? Keep reading »
The good ol’ electronic hearth is serving up a hefty portion of girl-tastic shows this week. Tonight, after “The Bachelorette,” of course, check out “Dating in the Dark.” We also have high hopes for ABC’s new teen music sitcom “Ruby & The Rockits,” which looks like it owes more than a little to “Hannah Montana.” The creepily watchable “Toddlers and Tiaras” also starts this week. And then there’s the season finale of “Southern Belles: Louisville.” Awww, television.
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Barbie just can’t seem to get a break, despite celebrating her 50th birthday this month. A West Virginia lawmaker, Democrat Jeff Eldridge, has proposed the Ban Barbie Bill because he believes dolls like this place too much importance on physical beauty, and not enough on intellectual and emotional development. “I just hate the image that we give to our kids that if you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful and you don’t have to be smart,” said Eldridge. Other dolls that are believed to send this message will also be banned if the bill is passed. Eldridge admits some Barbie dolls, like Doctor Barbie and Veterinary Barbie, are better, but would nevertheless be outlawed in West Virginia also. Forget the fact that Eldridge is perpetuating a sexist double standard — action figures teach little boys that aggression, physical prowess, and weapons trump intellect. If he’s looking to place blame for kids thinking beauty is the be all and end all, maybe he should look at the parents in his own state, where mothers enter their daughters in pageants like the “Toddlers & Tiaras“-featured Southern Celebrity Beauty Pageant in Charleston, West Virginia. These mothers primp, bleach, and tan their daughters, as young as six months, into sashaying and dancing living dolls. That’s got to be more damaging than child play. [MSNBC.com] Keep reading »