Topic: beauty pageants

Mother Might Lose Custody Of Daughter Over ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ Pageants

Mother Might Lose Custody Of Daughter Over 'Toddlers & Tiaras' Pageants

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 »

7-Year-Old Eden Wood Of ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ Get Her Own Show, Society Reaches An All-Time Low

7-Year-Old Eden Wood Of 'Toddlers & Tiaras' Get Her Own Show, Society Reaches An All-Time Low

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 »

Heartbreaking Remorse: JonBenet Ramsey’s Dad Regrets Pageants, Calls ‘Toddlers And Tiaras’ Bizarre

Heartbreaking Remorse: JonBenet Ramsey's Dad Regrets Pageants, Calls 'Toddlers And Tiaras' Bizarre

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.

JonBenet’s father John Ramsey told ABC News today that he’ll always remember his little girl as a tomboy who loved to hike and play with her older brother. More »

This Just In: Kiddie Pageant Stars Happier Without Makeup

This Just In: Kiddie Pageant Stars Happier Without Makeup

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 »

Pageant ‘Prince’ Lands On Toddlers & Tiaras

Pageant 'Prince' Lands On Toddlers & Tiaras

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 »

Protective Services Takes 8-Year-Old From Mom Who Injected Botox Into Her

Protective Services Takes 8-Year-Old From Mom Who Injected Botox Into Her

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 »