Toddlers & Hooker Boots

 

For those of you not familiar, Toddlers & Tiaras is a “reality” TV show on TLC showcasing children’s beauty pageants.  Suffice it to say that I try to avoid any knowledge of this show as well.  However, there are times when these crazy moms exploit their children more than every other crazy pageant mother.  Such is the case with little contestant Paisley, who is a 3-year old prostitute.  Wait.  No.  Her mother just dresses her like one to win a crown.  Right.

This week, TLC showed an episode of T&T which shows the 3-year old on stage dressed as Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman– before the makeover, that is.  When asked about her choice of outfits for her daughter, Paisley’s mother commented:

“Everyone in the room was laughing hysterically,” Dickey added. “It was meant to be funny, not sexual at all. I made the dress myself! It barely went above the knee, very non-revealing and non-sexy.”

Okay.  So, because a roomful of equally disturbed people all laughed, that makes it alright?  Or is it the fact that she had complete creative control and still chose to make this outfit herself that should somehow validate such a terrible idea?

In a world that sends overly sexualized images to young girls, the children’s pageant industry is doing nothing but exploiting these girls further.  It is more than just dress up, because they are being awarded for who struts it the most, who has the best fake teeth, the best wig, the best fake tan, the most makeup, and the sexiest little outfit- all before they are even in kindergarten.  It was not just a terrible decision for a mother to dress her toddler as a prostitute, but the conscious decision on the judges part to award her the winner that makes this story so disgusting.  When a mother’s poor choice is rewarded, what will this teach her daughter- or other little girls?

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3 thoughts on “Toddlers & Hooker Boots

  1. Amen on your thoughts? Maybe it’s too strong a word but I feel this show is just pretty much disgusting. Talk about messing with a child at the earliest of stages good grief! Great thoughts…thanks.
    Tim Hill

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