Toddlers & Tiaras mom puts fake boobs and butt on her 4 year-old

I’m only seen one episode of “Toddlers and Tiaras” on TLC, but the clips I’ve seen online and on The Soup have been outrageous. There are mothers who shave their daughter’s legs, get their daughter’s eyebrows waxed, and who bleach the teeth of their kindergartners while they scream in protest. This latest stunt seems less personally invasive and painful to the child, but just as inappropriate. A mom on Toddlers and Tiaras was shown dressing her four year-old in a gown and a curly blonde wig, and putting padded fake breasts and a padded butt on the child for a “Dolly Parton” costume. The mom explained that she wore the same costume as a child in pageants.

The little girls who compete in beauty pageants usually get spray tans, wear makeup and glitzy dresses, but one toddler took it to the extreme – strapping on fake boobs and a fake butt for her talent competition!

In the Toddlers & Tiaras video Maddy Jackson, 4, dresses up like country star Dolly Parton for pageants, and her mom gives her the costume complete with small fake boobs and a fake butt.

“I want to show the judges how beautiful I am,” little Maddy says. “I love dressing up like Dolly!”

“When she wears the fake boobs and fake butt it’s an added bonus,” her mom Lindsay says about the costume. “It’s really funny when she comes out on stage they think it’s hysterical. They realize not only is she Dolly but she has the added enhancements just like Dolly has.”

Some viewers have been outraged by the fake enhancements, but they’re not the ones who get to vote.

So do the pageant judges like the little girl with the grown up body?

“We tend to score really well with it,” Maddy’s mom says.

[From Radar Online]

This is definitely not ok, but it’s not as bad as the mom who insisted on waxing her crying daughter’s eyebrows, after the daughter once had the skin ripped off around her eyes from too hot wax. (The little girl’s eye area had since healed, but she was of course terrified of going through the same thing again.) So do these shows encourage child exploitation or do they just shed light on the really obnoxious goings-on behind the scenes of the tot pageant circuit? When clips like this get the most exposure, I think the answer is clear.



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  1. the original bellaluna says:

    And just like that, my smiley face went away…

  2. the original bellaluna says:

    ALL of these women are trying to live vicariously through their children.

    Mandatory sterilisation; now, please?

  3. mln76 says:

    Horrible people. They should make these things illegal.

  4. Cheyenne says:

    Oh sweet Christ, I am about to throw up!

  5. The Other Hand says:

    This is child abuse and pedophile fodder.

  6. Isabel says:

    OMG, ENOUGH! This is blatant sexualization of a child. I get that it’s a “costume” or whatever, but come ON. Fake boobs? Fake ass? Are you serious? It’s creepy. CREEPY.

    The scary thing about these shows is that they provide a platform for these idiots to one-up each other. It will never stop. The more sensational the subject, the more viewers, the happier the network, the more victimized the child. GROSS.

  7. whitedaisy says:

    GAH! The Toddler Beauty circuit needs to go down.
    The whole concept is sick and exploitative.

    (The mothers all belong in intensive psychotherapy for their unresolved princess fantasies and living vicariously and damagingly through their daughters.) Let them be kids for Pete’s sake!

  8. SolitaryAngel says:

    I don’t believe in pageants; I especially don’t believe in putting young innocent children in pageants, forcing them to parade around in makeup and dresses to be graded like beef. I don’t believe in pageants for ANY age or gender. It sends the wrong message to girls that they aren’t pretty enough on their own merit; and it gives these disgusting pageant moms a way to live their own dreams vicariously through these innocent little girls. I think it’s an excuse to abuse, and it should be outlawed. These little girls should be running and playing and enjoying their childhood!!!

  9. Isabel says:

    Also, lady, your living room looks like a dumpster. Nobody cares about your bizarre trophies!

  10. vic says:

    These moms and dads are insane. Most of the kids hate it. It’s child abuse.

  11. Calli Pygian says:

    Mental illness is the only explanation.

  12. Katie says:

    When I was 12 I babysat a 4 year old whose mother shaved her legs. She wasn’t in pagents or anything, but her mother was very vain and was an attractive young woman who married a much older, less attractive man. So there was weird dynamic going on there anyways, but yeah, she said since her kid had black hair her legs looked gross so she shaved them.

  13. Quest says:

    This is just disgusting and should be deemed child abuse.

  14. Annie says:

    I blame the Kardashians. And the deranged mom of course.

  15. marge says:

    how is this even allowed??? I really don’t get it
    I hope this thing doesn’t catch on in other countries, specially those that are so heavily influenced by US culture (like us)

  16. logan says:

    To all you Hollywood mom’s out there…
    Thank you so much for setting the female role back 200 years.
    You are probably looking at the next Lindsay Lohan (drugs) or Kim Kardashian (porn movie). Sleep tight Mom.
    signed Nauseous

  17. Bodhi says:

    I never watch this crap, but I got totally sucked in to this episode. The costume was one that the mom wore whens she was a pageant tot, which made me wonder why she held on to it all these years. Who insists on clinging to “achievements” made when one was 4?

  18. SAra says:

    This is child abuse

  19. Marianne says:

    If I had a daughter that really wanted to be in a pageant, I wouldn’t want to tell her no. I just wouldn’t go to such extremes. I wouldn’t mind either buying or making cute little dresses, curling her hair with an curling iron and maybe putting a swipe of lip gloss on. I think that’s as far as I could handle. Little kids like dressing up or looking like little princesses which is probably why they are in pageants. Obviously the “glitz” pageants take it too far.

  20. says:

    Whoring out your child has become a “real” profession/career for many moms. I can’t imagine the message that these toddlers are being given and how they’ll turn up in a few years.

  21. brin says:


  22. MonicaBee says:

    I was in pageants when I was younger.

    I did quite well, and my mother/aunts(s) never put makeup on me… let alone makeup, hair extensions, spray tan and fake teeth. I did have the poofy little party dresses, though. 😀

    Of course, this was 25+ years ago… but still.

    I hate to see where pageantry has gone in the last two decades. Such a shame.

  23. RocketMerry says:

    Some people involved in the pageant for kids biz are probably OK, but most of them seem to be f*cked up in the brains. And since little children do not naturally know about exposing their bodies for sexual appeal, these mothers clearly teach them how to pose in SUCH inappropriate ways. My God. , sadly, I think we can: 15 y.o bride, anyone?

  24. fancyamazon says:

    Unfortunately, unless and until there is an organized boycott of the products advertised on TLC, these shows will continue to reward these twisted individuals.

  25. Flan says:

    Enough already!

    Pageants for girls under 18 should be forbidden. This is too awful for words and the only people who enjoy it are insane mothers and disgusting perverts.

  26. mrsezc says:

    OMG!! 4 and she likes and knows who Dolly Parton is??? Shouldn’t she know Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar, Miss Piggy and Kermit??? Sad .. very very sad.

  27. brin says:

    …And then we wonder how a Courtney Stodden happens (16 yo bride). Can’t believe I know her name now. *hangs head in shame*

  28. teehee says:

    So THATS how Courtney Stodden became what she is today–
    You know you’d never imagine or believe it, unless you saw it. That people do shit like this…

  29. cmc says:

    @ Annie

    What do the Kardashians have to do with anything? Last I checked, none of them did/do pageants.

    @ everyone

    THANK YOU! I have to admit I watch this show and my horror compared to everyone on the show’s (including the judges) delight made me feel like I was in a surreal world. I started thinking maybe I was wrong? Maybe it *is* cute? So I’m glad to see my horror wasn’t misplaced.

    Also, same episode- little girl that begged to be in pageants. Not this one, but it was weird to see a mom being dragged around to these things and a little girl asking for a new ‘flipper’ (those weird perfect denture teeth things for competitions.)

  30. Justaposter says:


    I think the most scary part of this whole drunken monkey mess is, this show actually has viewers :/

  31. Melissa says:

    These Mother’s make me want to punch something (them). I really don’t understand how this is allowed and not seen as child abuse.

  32. machiavelli says:

    What message is this poor girl internalizing? She is being told that she is nothing more than her looks. Even then, with all the enhancements, she is being told that her own looks are not good enough. This is child abuse. I feel for these poor children.

  33. Cheyenne says:

    Marianne: If I had a daughter that really wanted to be in a pageant, I wouldn’t want to tell her no.

    Being able to say no is part of being a parent.

  34. texasmom says:

    Yeek. I have just seen a few clips of these types of shows and the moms are always so pathetic, living through their kids like that. Am I imagining things or aren’t many of them kind of overweight and mousy themselves? Maybe they see makeup as the answer to EVERYTHING.

    I have to confess that I shave my 8-year-old’s legs as they ARE really hairy, she has dark hair, and for some reason her KNEES are very hairy. I never thought I would do such a thing, but she had become extremely self-conscious about them. In the meantime, she is wearing normal children’s clothes and acting like a normal child. We don’t try to keep them totally hair-free, just not noticeably hairy, maybe once every 4-5 weeks. We also started shaping her unibrow when other children felt compelled to comment on it. Sigh.

  35. bagladey says:

    This is ridiculous and outrageous. This kind of thing is indeed a plausible explanation for the existence of characters like Courtney Stodden, and their parents are providing the fodder for pedophiles.

  36. LDB says:

    This just makes me very sad. I don’t think I would go so far as to say it is child abuse so much as bad parents. It is very sad how so many parents these days seem to judge themselves, and their success as a parent, by how successful their children are. It’s scary to think that these children will be running the country when I am old. Maybe TLC (The LEARNING Channel) should put on programming that promotes family values and education.

  37. the original bellaluna says:

    WANTING to say “no” and actually saying it are two VERY different things.

    When little boy is being adorable and cute, I WANT to say yes.

    But when little boy is being adorable and cute while, I don’t know, say…colouring the house in blue Sharpie…or covering computer monitor/keyboard/carpet/desk in horseradish… While I applaud his creativity…no.

    Sometimes “NO” is the correct answer.

  38. Goofpuff says:

    They wouldn’t do this if the so called “judges” of these pagents didn’t utterly love the whole sexpolitation of the little girls. I’m beginning to think the only one who volunteers to judge are pedophiles from how their voting has affected how the girls are presented.

  39. UKHels says:

    this sort of thing makes me hyperventilate with rage, sorry

  40. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    This is just plain sick, these psycho “mothers” are abusing their children on TV and getting away with it. With this type of mentality in today’s society where blatant child abuse can occur on television and no authority steps in, it is no wonder Casey Anthony walked.

  41. jenna68 says:

    Texas Mom – I think that’s fine. I have very pale skin and very dark hair, and so I started shaving my legs and tweezing the unibrow at 10, because I didn’t want to be made fun of (luckily, I escaped unscathed!). The difference between you and these pageant moms is that your daughter is the one who decided it makes her uncomfortable, you didn’t tell her it’s ugly and force her to do so.

  42. Flan says:

    It’s sick and really one of the first things that should be declared illegal.

    18 year olds can’t drink alcohol, but parents are allowed to put their children through this kind of abuse?


  43. Kimble says:

    This was the first episode my boyfriend and I had ever watched – roll on fall programming – and we pissed ourselves laughing the whole way through … at the mothers!!!

    The transformation of those little girls from very plain (some of them really were not any better looking than any other kid) to the JonBenet Ramsey lookalikes was quite scary!

  44. TQB says:

    @texasmom, please don’t take this as criticism. I’m glad you posted because I’m really curious about what you said.

    On the one hand, my first thought reading your post was, is this the best answer to the problem of the girl’s self-consciousness? But at the same time, adolescence is tough enough, and I sympathize with your urge to do whatever you can to make your daughter’s life a bit easier to handle. I mean, it’s just HAIR, and at some point she’ll be old enough to shave it off herself.

    I guess what I’m saying is that I’d like to believe that being hairy for a few more years is something your daughter should learn to deal with, but really, WHY.

    (Musings of someone about to have first baby any day now and realizing how hard this stuff is.)

  45. Amanda says:

    So so wrong. This show is just terrible and so are these parents.

  46. richie says:


  47. DethHammer says:

    Just more proof that we as a species are circling the drain just a little bit faster.

  48. TaylorB says:

    I recently read about one of these moms having her daughter get a bikini wax. The kid was like 7 or 8, and obviously had no pubic hair yet, but the mom insisted she was doing a preemptive strike against future pubic hair???

    Some of these parents are just off their rockers. It should be a rule in these contests, if your pimped out 4 year old wins 1/2 of the money will be placed in a fund for future therapy sessions for the child.

  49. michkabibbles says:

    ok, i actually saw this episode, and i’m guessing by the comments here no one else did. when i saw the commercials, i was ready to be all outraged, too. but it was actually much cuter than i thought it would be. she went out dancing to 9-5. the outfit was actually moms outfit from when she was in toddler pageants (more weird was the fact that the mom had kept it all that time). there have been much more egregious things going on in this show than the dolly impersonation.
    there was a 3 year old in a dallas cowboy cheerleader outfit that did a backwards crab pose with pelvis thrust.

    there are plenty of smack the momma moments in this show, but i honestly didn’t think this was one of them.

  50. Lady D says:

    I watched this show once. I was absolutely outraged, disgusted and horrified. I cannot believe this is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. Pedophile dream/child nightmare show. I was angry for days after watching that episode. Constantly drilling into their little heads its all about the looks, only the looks, always the looks. I also wonder how these children fare in school where they aren’t the center of attention.

  51. innocentangel81 says:

    I have a picture from when I was six, I was dressed up as a witch for a girl scout halloween party and my mom gave me boobs. I thought it was funny, but halloween is supposed to be silly. There is enough fake hair and make up on the children I don’t think they need to add the padding

  52. yoho_ahoy says:

    can your country stoop any lower? How can a show like this still be on air? Do americans have any sense of morality & values at all? These are babies! Dressing up as dolly 4 innocent halloween fun, fine, but 4 a pagent over & over again?! This ‘show’ is a pedo’s wet dream cm true. The mothers should be sterilised & lobotomised 4 even trying 2 justify kiddy pagents. Sick america! You’re all just sick 2 allow this crap 2 continue!

  53. original kate says:

    you can’t spray tan over tacky.

  54. T&T is one of my schadenfreude shows – the kind I watch in the privacy of my own home, alone. I sit and psychoanalyze. It’s a god damn horror show, a train wreck from start to finish. . . and I love/hate every second of it.

    I mentioned this a while back, but I think there should be some sort of government mandated test where if any woman of childbearing age shows any inclination towards kiddie pageants, she gets a knock at the door and ends up in bathtub of ice sans ovaries. Mandatory sterilization.

    On a serious note – there is no justification for oversexualizing a child. Each and everyone of these assholes are seriously ill equipped as parents. Terrible, terrible people – every last one of them.

  55. mannequin says:

    This is sick and those parents need to be hogtied.

    I am embarrassed by posters from other countries, thinking this is what all Americans are like.

  56. Kimbob says:

    @mln76…I definitely agree. This practice should be illegal. Truly disgusting and reprehensible.

  57. Kimbob says:

    Oh, BTW…@yoho_ahoy..I am obviously disgusted as you are, but please don’t generalize us Americans. This, in no way, is representative of the whole of our population. You can probably get that vibe from all the blogger’s comments on here anyway.

  58. the original bellaluna says:

    Texasmom – Kudos to you for being attentive to your daughter’s needs but NOT GOING OVERBOARD. (With all the junk in our food these days, kids develop faster and so does HAIR. That’s why I tried to choose antibiotic/hormone-free food. Not always easy and NOT CHEAP, but better for them. And us.) (And I still managed to raise a gorgeous 6’4″ monster. ‘Cause we have the “height” gene.)

    TQB – Wet that beach towel! Cover up with it and lounge in the fan-draft.

    Honestly, enjoy these last moments of peace. They’re really all you’ll get. 😉

  59. Micah says:


  60. omj says:

    Fine… Whatevs, put fakies on a 4 y/o, but seriously, do those fakies NEED NIPPLES?

  61. gab says:

    Agree – shut this whole business down already. Twisted and sick!

  62. Lucky Charm says:

    This show disgusts me. After Jon Benet Ramsey, you’d think people would stop this nonsense, but it’s even worse now. Why can’t people see this is just a form of child abuse and just a step or two away from child prostitution.

  63. Hollowdoll says:

    In my opinion that is child abuse. disgusting. the wax etc. UGH!

  64. Novaraen says:

    Shut this horrible cr@p down. Doing this to children is WRONG! :((

  65. Bodhi says:

    @michkabibbles ~ I watched the entire thing (as reflected in my earlier comment) & I agree, the Dallas Cowboys cheerleader pelvic thrusts were WAY worse than this Dolly outfit. Not that the Dolly outfit is ok or reasonable or anything. But comparatively, its much better than the other.

    @MissyAggravation ~ I got completely sucked in the other night & I was doing the same thing.

  66. texasmom says:

    @TQB — no offense taken, like I said, I never thought I would be doing this! Parenthood is fuuuuull of surprises, just you wait.

    Even a year ago I was telling her: “You are seven years old – there’s NOTHING on you that needs to be shaved!” But that was about five inches ago. Both my girls have always been large for their ages and hit all their physical milestones early. My eight-year-old is in the 4th grade, and thank God she skipped a year because she is head and shoulders taller than the third graders!

    I finally relented on the legs because at some point, it is a matter of personal grooming, and it travels along with things like caring more about your appearance, taking more trouble with your hair, etc. and she is definitely all over that.

    In parenting it seems like many decisions are about context. Maybe that is where this whole kiddy-pageant thing got broken. If you are surrounded by moms clipping on fake hair and spraying everyone orange, what WOULDN’T seem weird?

  67. palermo says:

    Somebody call CPS and have that child put in a home with decent parents. This type of show/pageant is only good for the pedos. Those little girls are going to have such a screwed up self image.

  68. bella car says:

    Inner beauty is what matters MOST. All these kids are being taught that it’s what’s on the outside that counts when it’s NOT. This show is just sick and wrong and I can’t believe any TV Network okayed it to be on the air. Ah, the Americans only thinking about making a buck (the show’s producer’s, the mother’s etc. all need help). This truly is disgusting. I have raised a daughter that is very confident in herself and she has always been told that it’s what is in the inside that counts. If anyone ever asked me to put her into any pageant I would tell them that parading a child around for money is like the mom being a pimp and the daughter being a prostitute. And just think of all those sick pedophiles doing their thing while watching your daughters parading around – sick, sick, sick

  69. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Where are the fathers in all of this? I can’t see how any man would find this okay for their daughters. That being said, these mothers from what I understand are ruthless bitches so any husband likely has his balls in a jar on a shelf.

    I would never watch T&T on principle alone and I think people that do really should reevaluate their reasoning.

    @MissyAggravation: Schadenfreude and a guilty pleasure are not the same thing.

  70. Sequined Pajamas says:

    I have only seen one episode of this show. The episode that I watched followed this adorable little girl, I think her name was Madison, and it was obvious she really enjoyed the pageants. I think her parents were normal parents and they didn’t go overboard with it.They made it clear that they never intentionally put her in pageants, but she saw her friends do it and wanted to try. She sang a cute little song for her talent competition and dressed up like Daphne from Scooby Doo. When the whole thing was over, she was a little upset because she wanted to stay and do it again.

    On that same episode there was a mother whose daughter did not want to do pageants and the poor girl was miserable. I was appalled when I saw her feeding this child lots of candy loaded with sugar to get her energized for her talent competition.

    I think done right these competitions can build confidence and also give these young girls a chance to win scholarship money. Pageants are not harmful as long as the child has parents that are concerned with what is best for their child.

    Unfortunately, I think the current pageant culture tends to attract parents who are not concerned about their children’s emotional well being. These parents are willing to put their children in the spotlight and exploit them just to get a little taste of celebrity, and TV is always giving these type of parents airtime.

  71. JustBe says:

    The only reason these type of shows should exist is to be similar to that ‘To Catch a Predator’ series that NBC/Dateline used to do. The show would be used to highlight abusive parents and the pedophiles who get off on seeing young children exploited.

    This show should have to present a montage of mugshots of all of the parents, judges and attendees to their local law enforcement agencies for prosecution and/or general watch.

    This shit is depressing!

  72. Amy says:

    I have a 4-year-old daughter who loves all things pink and frilly and pretty. So you know what we do? We let her run around the house in fairy wings and she pretends the dog is a unicorn.

    We don’t give her spray tans and make her act like a sex object for a panel of judges. Women who say they do this because their daughters are into “performing” and “dress-up” should be tarred and feathered!!

  73. Violet says:

    This is outright child abuse. These pageants should be banned and these parents should receive mandatory counselling.

    That poor little girl — she’s being turned in the next Courtney Stodden. Or Jon Bonet Ramsey. She’s surrounded by f*cked-up monsters, I can’t understand why Child Protective Services isn’t stepping in.

  74. Juliesunflower says:

    I just remember Jonbenet and cry. These pageants steals children’s childhood away which are the foundation for responsible adulthood.

  75. Katy says:

    Ugh, the people who run the network must have sold their souls to American Apparel. This makes me feel so dirty that even a scalding hot shower won’t clean the “ick factor” off.

  76. garvels says:

    I really feel sorry for these little girls. These shows should be outlawed since they only serve to exploit children.

  77. Marianne says:

    @ Cheyenne : I would want my kids to express themselves in any way. Whether they begged me to sign them up for dance classes, soccer team or yes even pageants. I wouldn’t go as far as spray tanning the crap out of them, the fake teeth, waxing etc. Because yes that is creepy and no the kids don’t enjoy that. But I don’t see the harm in a little sparkly dress and maybe some curly ringlets. As long as she was having fun getting to dress up, and making some friends. That’s fine. It’s the glitz pageants I don’t agree with. It’s the mothers who force their kids into doing pageants when they don’t want to, that I don’t agree with.

  78. Gizmerelda says:

    I would appear to be one of those poor unfortunate people who cannot have children, I am only blessed with miscarriages 🙁

    If I would give anything to have a child, and I would never subject them to anything as sad and grotesque as the children on this show seem to suffer. It makes me so sad to watch what they are put through.

    One thing does however, spring to mind – are they just mini Linnocents waiting to happen?

  79. skuddles says:

    These disgusting pageants/tv shows need to be banned for good! It’s like a legalized form of kiddie porn. I can only imagine what it does to the minds of the little girls… and those hideous Mommies desperate to live through their children like that? Please never reproduce again.

  80. Blithe says:

    I totally hate everything having to do with pageants. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, I think it’s ridiculous. But when you’re a kid, I don’t think it’s cool to be pushed and prodded into a world where the only thing that matters is your looks and your jazz-hands. Blech. It totally IS exploitive.

  81. nolongerfan says:

    Regarding comment #71 (sequined pajama) – the little girl you are referring to her name was Kinley. I, too, remember what a delightful little girl she was. Three years old – all attire very tasteful – all her routines very age appropriate….and her family seemed to place a great deal of importance on a little word called perspective and a bigger word called parenting. What has happened to these mothers that have to keep taking it a step further and a step further to get noticed. Its sickening and TLC has crossed the line by showing it.

  82. Mairead says:

    Over 10 years ago there was a programme shown on British tv’s Channel 4 called “Paedogeddon”, part of the satirical Brass Eye series. A smallish number of us got to see it on it’s original release before being completely derided and banned. It is happily available on the 4OD service and probably on Youtube.

    The humour was very raw and close to the bone, but it remains one of the most insightful comedy shows of the past few decades. Including one scene on “American” child pagents, where the parents had put breast implants into their little girl. It seems like Chris Morris might indeed be an actual seer, not just a comedic visionary.

    I weep for the future.

  83. S says:

    this is why i love celebitchy. Very good article and very interesting and intelligent comments. BTW i hate those glitzy child pageant/contests/blabla whatever. its not right for the kids. your girl wants to attend? just say no. it will spare your girl a lot.

  84. mzjask says:

    these mothers should be taken out back and shot. WTF friggin society do we live in that this ish is even Legal???


  85. Mouse says:

    I can’t think of words strong enough to describe my disgust at these parents. Well I can, but I can’t write them here.

  86. Cheyenne says:

    @Marianne: When I was a little girl I used to try on my mother’s high heels and lipstick. That was fun. Those pageants are not fun. The children are tricked out like little whores and robbed of their childhood, all to satisfy their mothers’ vicarious need for recognition. Let a child be a child.

  87. beanie says:

    Not good. I just threw up in my mouth a little.

  88. wunderkind says:

    Stage parents are truly disgusting creatures!

  89. msw says:

    Corey Feldman recently said the biggest problem in Hollywood is pedophilia. It’s not a far cry from the world of children’s beauty pageants to the world of children professional acting/singing, etc. It is very easy to condemn the parents on this show, but a post will probably not result in change of behavior. We need to ask ourselves what we are doing as Americans to stop sexual explotation. Then, we need to act to make change. As a teacher, I am a mandated reporter. Ask yourself what you do to protect children.

  90. e.non says:

    in this culture, where where you can make millions whoring out your children, why is this surprising? do you honestly think these women if offered a big fat check wouldn’t sell their daughters. i’m just waiting for the upcoming teevee shows auctioning off virgins.

    this is so repulsive; and a real tragedy is it’s always these types who have no problem reproducing.

  91. palermo says:

    Whoring out your daughters, we can look to Kris Kardashian for that, I see she now has the two youngest in the running to be the next Kim

  92. Annie_Grey says:

    Babies should look like babies. Not strippers.

  93. Thats so damn disgusting,my stomach just churned.

  94. Jenn says:

    My girls are 4 and 7, and I felt guilty enough about their gymnastics schedule. I can’t believe these parents put all this time and effort into making their girls look like grown women, all in pursuit of…. what, exactly? And shining a spotlight on it? This is about ratings, not about helping these little girls. Child abuse as a ratings booster- lovely.

  95. teehee says:

    If it were for any other purpose, you know people would cry pedophilia– if this were privately done, the police would come right away but somehow this being done publically as a spectacle is allowed?
    I understand it was for a cute number or to be humorous but still stick to the opinion of many others– child abuse. Sexual abuse! It is, sexual. abuse.
    Lipsticking a little girl up like that–

  96. Marianne says:

    @Cheyenne : I agree that Glitz pageants are absolutely disgusting. I agree that it’s wrong to let your kids suffer through endless spray tans, waxes, fake teeth etc. I agree that it’s borderline pedophilia to have your kids practically dry hump everything as part of their “dance rountine”. I agree that having little kids look like 40 year old women is wrong. Trust me I don’t watch Toddlers and Tiaras, because that is the majority of the parents.

    But there is such a thing as natural pageants. Just picture in your mind a flower girl in a wedding. That’s what natural pageants are like. Those pageants I don’t find harmful. The glitz ones (aka Jon Benet Ramsey) yes I do.

  97. LAK says:

    omg marianne. it’s a slippery slope from natural pageant to glitz pagent. There are no shades of grey. It is wrong. There is a huge gap between indulging your child to play dress up in your home and putting them through a competition where they are judged against other children purely on their physicallity by other adults.

    I say this as a former teen model. we used to go to auditions where adults would comment on minute parts of our bodies and specifically what was wrong with it, as a result of which we couldn’t be hired. It took better part of ten years and therapy to finally accept my body as a whole rather than the sum of it’s parts. I can not begin to imagine what these pagents do to those children.

  98. Cheyenne says:

    michkabibbles: there was a 3 year old in a dallas cowboy cheerleader outfit that did a backwards crab pose with pelvis thrust.

    there are plenty of smack the momma moments in this show, but i honestly didn’t think this was one of them.

    That was definitely a smack the momma moment IMO. What kind of mother encourages a three-year-old to do a pelvis thrust?

  99. John Wayne Lives says:

    What. The. Fuck.

  100. Jill says:

    @Cheyenne : I think she was referring to the “Dolly Parton” in that this wasn’t a smack the momma moment. Like I saw her their comment as that pelvic thrust was worse than a kid dressed up as Dolly.

  101. VintageBum says:

    Oh my, it’s moments like these where I consider not ever having offspring. Because it would seem a bit unethical to bring up a child in the society that ours is turning into more and more! As cliche and worn down this statement is… little girls are supposed to be little girls, not little dolls. The parents seem to be so insecure with themselves that they have to use their child(ren) as a tool to feel relevant and successful.

    The process these little ones go through to get prepared for a pageant is like Kim Kardashian’s morning routine just to leave the house in the morning! They will think that it’s the norm. Imagine a whole world of Kardashians walking around 0_o

  102. ZenB!tch says:

    Shouldn’t the participants in a CHILDREN’S pageant look like little girls? I have no problems with beauty or pageants but a cute little girl should look like a cute little girl in pigtails and a cute little pink child’s dress. No make up, no spray tans and NO BOOBS or fake bottoms.

  103. CanCan says:

    Just ewwww. I used to live in Boulder and pass Jon Benet’s house on the way to the market. I would always wonder if pageants led to her exposure to whoever killed her.
    It is absolutely not ok to pimp out your children. It’s creepy, gross and certifiably insane.
    There is no good reason they even exist.

  104. Dee says:

    It’s wrong on every civilised level! How can society let this happen? Where is the law to prevent this? These toddler shows should be banned with immediate effect.

  105. Lucy says:

    Yeah, this is totally acceptable behavior. And when she grows up, this little girl can pose with a fake black eye and pretend she’s getting raped. Totally cute and asserting her feminism; it’s all just pretend?

  106. L says:

    Why do you market your children to pedophiles? I don’t understand the USA anymore ….

  107. jennifer says:

    **EVERYONE** It is not the child’s fault, BLAME it on the SICK Mother! I was asked by a agency 2 put my 1 yr old in (could only drink certain amount of milk a day)b(wear makeup “eyeliner”) I said what ever happened to Natural Beauty?? Hell No I will never see my daughter as FAKE!Think about it 1yr old limit there milk? =starvation. This mom needs council’n due to boobs on her toodler. Watch out for the pedo’s!!

  108. wilder ky says:

    (You are the reason pagent kids become a sex symbol to pedofilers) Shame on you for putting fake boobs on your child! “””You need HELP, your greed for the winnings have gone to far I think”
    when your child is fighting u not wanting 2 do it, take them out “your excuse she can quit anytime” Did you not hear her??? She don’t want fake nails on! Let her be, the winning arent that big anyways look what you are spending to get to that point!

  109. Carolyn says:

    If people didn’t watch the show or attend the contests there wouldn’t be a market for it. If you’re concerned about these people being child abusers contact the authorities. The only way these things get stopped is to take action.

  110. Cookie says:

    Horrifying. How could a parent think its ok to do this to their child!

  111. Eve says:

    @ Cheyenne:

    That was definitely a smack the momma moment IMO. What kind of mother encourages a three-year-old to do a pelvis thrust?

    I once saw a tv show* where the mother did the booty dance — with her legs spread — in front of her daughter, to show her how it was done.

    *Not sure if it’s the same Toddlers and Tiaras, but I think it is — it’s called “Pequenas Misses” here on paid channel Discovery Home and Health.

  112. dr.bombay says:

    The world of child pageantry, imo, is a very sick and distorted world which is completely out of touch with reality. And, I agree with Bellaluna–most of these flakes are living through their children.

  113. Yoseppi says:

    Disgusting, and the mothers are always usually fat whales who try to relive their youth by torturing their innocent kids. These should be illegal.

  114. Magsy says:

    These Pageant People are just like a cult. It all borders on child abuse. They see their kids as a potential meal ticket for $$ or are living vicariously through them. Don’t even compare this bullshit to having a kid play sports. Not the same thing.These mamas need their asses kicked, or the dads need to stand up and their kids taken away. I can’t watch it.

  115. steve says:

    Ok my wife was watching this show tonight are u serious why does the law let ppl do this to their children they put ppl away for spanking their children and call it child abuse then what is this they are making thirty children cry have mental issues and giving them special juice with energy drinks in it this ppl is child abuse and all of these mother’s need to loose their children and be put In prison these ppl are sick

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    If these mom’s want their children in beauty pagents, why do they have to make them all up? Why can’t these children appear naturally, without all the make-up and false parts? Seems like they are setting this kids up for the next available pedeophile!! Very sad!