Youth pageants thrive, 15 years after JonBenét Ramsey’s death (Op-Ed published in The Denver Post)

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CLICK HER TO READ THIS AT THE DENVER POST! What did Santa bring the little girl in your life? A Barbie or an American Girl​ doll? Perhaps it was a gift certificate for a manicure or a facial? Don’t be surprised if it was the latter, as girls young as 6 are making appointments at […]


“Princess means that you’ re a loser!”: Recent beauty pageant portrayals on TV (UPDATED to include dance competitions)

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Princess means that you’re a loser! A lot of feminists might agree with this sentiment– especially with the recent release of Disney’s newest princess targeted at the preschool set, Sofia the First. But it was a child beauty pageant mom who uttered this line during the continuing fourth season of TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras, which […]


Before Painted Babies, JonBenet, and Swan Brooner there was… Blaire Pancake

Blaire Pancake as Miss TN, Katie Morgan, The Jackson Sun

To outsiders it might seem like there are lots of links between the world of child beauty pageants and the world of adult beauty pageants (which do not exclusively include the Miss America, Miss Universe, and Miss World systems, but those are certainly the most prestigious and well-known). But that isn’t quite right. Lots of […]


The “Grand” Finale: Ending Season 4 of Toddlers & Tiaras (from The Huffington Post Culture)

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You’ve seen the four-year-old dressed up as Dolly Parton (complete with “enhancements”), right? And, of course, you’ve seen the images of the three-year-old dressed up as Julia Roberts’ prostitute character from Pretty Woman, haven’t you? Judging by the ratings for TLC’s fourth season of Toddlers & Tiaras, it seems you have. Each week over two […]


The Summer of the Stage Mothers

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This has certainly been the summer of stage mothers– at least on television. We have the Dance Moms on Lifetime, who continue to bring the crazy. If anything, it’s ramping up as the Abby Lee Dance Company prepares for its big “nationals” in Tahoe. Stay tuned for a smackdown with Crazy Cathy from Candy Apples… […]


Glitz and Drama Down Under (on The Huffington Post Style)

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The tension has been building for months — the online protests started in April, and then there were the rallies in May. Not to mention the Facebook threats and numerous complaints to public officials. Despite all the brouhaha, an “American-style” child beauty pageant sponsored by Texas-based Universal Royalty took place over the weekend in Melbourne, […]


What if JonBenet did competitive dance?: Dance Moms and Toddlers & Tiaras

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Wednesdays at 10 pm are really must-see-TV for me. Thanks to my DVR I can watch TLC’s tried and true Toddlers & Tiaras and Lifetime’s newcomer, Dance Moms. I’ve long said that in many ways competitive dance and child beauty pageants have a lot in common. Imagine if JonBenét had been a competitive dancer and […]


Follow-Ups: Botox Mom, Bernard Lagat’s Son, and Miss America’s Daughter

Many of my blog posts fall into one of the following categories: beauty pageants, child beauty pageants, and competitive children.  Today’s post features updates on some of my most popular stories in each of these areas. 1) Botox Mom (aka Kerry Campbell/Sheena Upton)- It’s been reported that Botox Mom (who never actually used Botox it […]


From Eden vs. MaKenzie to Miss USA

It’s been a big week in beauty pageants, especially with the Miss USA Pageant and the return of Toddlers & Tiaras.  Last week’s TLC hit featured a “showdown” between two of the most well-known queens featured on the show– Eden Wood and MaKenzie– and this week’s featured a Pentecostal, praying pageant mom and a pushy, […]


Two weeks ago today…

My husband and I moved into our first home. Very exciting, but moving is such a drag– and it kept me away from blogging. But I’m back now, with lots to say! Also two weeks ago today, on May 24th, Australian child beauty pageant opponents, and some supporters, held rallies across the country.  These protests […]