Kim Of Queens premiers on Lifetime today, because what the world needs more than anything is another show where a mess of heavily made up women scream at awkward prepubescent girls about using their instrument and rising to the occasion and spray tanning. More
Topic: beauty pageants
Clearly, I have a problem with pageant moms. Not all of them. Just the ones who make it alarmingly clear that they are projecting all of their lost ambitions onto their poor children. Jenny Oliver – the 26-year-old mother-to-be who is entering her fetus in a beauty pageant – definitely qualifies as one of those women.
Because obviously, the school doesn’t need it’s brightest and hardest-working to be the spokesperson. That’s what pretty people are for. More
Ever since “Toddlers & Tiaras” first aired, I’ve joked that I’m going to call Child Protective Services on these parents. I would never do such a thing but I was trying to make a point that such pageants — and particularly the way some parents go overboard with them — are actually quite dangerous to a child’s psychological health.
Turns out my joke had some truth to it. More
Remember Eden Wood from Toddlers & Tiaras? She’s the little girl who, at age 6, decided to “retire” from the world of kiddie pageants. This was back in July and, as her mom-slash-manager Mickie Wood explained at the time, Eden was simply ready to move on to bigger and better (including headlining the “Eden Wood and the Glamor Girls” tour of Midwestern shopping malls).
I hate to ruin your Friday morning and all but, well, the former beauty queen is now 7 years old and guess what? She has landed her very own TV show. More
Whenever I watch those horrid pageant shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, I can’t help but think of JonBenet Ramsey – the 6-year-old beauty queen who was found dead in the basement of her family’s Colorado home in December 1996 (the case remains unsolved). There’s one photo of Ramsey – a smiling blonde girl in full makeup and coiffed hair – that appeared in almost every media outlet at the time of her tragic death. To this day, it’s ingrained in my mind and like I said, it’s what I immediately think of when I watch those tiny toddlers strutting around on television.
The fine folks at Jezebel turned me on to this Anderson Cooper video below. Cooper invited pageant kids such as 6-year-old Eden Wood, along with their moms, onto his show to talk about pageant life. Wood even performed her cringe-inducing “Cutie Patootie” number, and it’s worth watching the clip just for Cooper’s facial expressions alone! (He tried to cover up his look of horror but without much luck.) More
The latest contestant on last night’s episode of Toddlers & Tiaras? A boy. Seven-year-old Brock Ritter is competing alongside the girls on this popular TLC series that follows the controversial world of child beauty pageants. According to his mom, Tori Ritter, little Brock – a self-described “diva” – first became interested in pageants at age 2 and has already nabbed a half-dozen first-place trophies, she told E! Online.
Not surprisingly, people are aghast that an actual boy – or “pageant prince,” as he’s called – is involved in the competition. They say it’s no place for a boy and that his mom is setting him up for ridicule. Others are all for it, giving major props to the kid for following his dreams, for knowing who he is at such a young age. More
In the least shocking news of the day, “Botox Mom” Kerry Campbell has had her daughter taken by San Francisco family services. It’s one thing to think that botox should be injected by you, a part-time aesthetician. Into an 8-year-old child. So that, you know, she can win beauty pageants.
But it takes an altogether different kind of illness to think one should brag about doing just these things on national television. When Kerry Campbell did that last week on Good Morning America, explaining that her daughter was too wrinkly for the beauty pageant circuit, San Francisco began investigating. More