In July 2009, I wrote an open letter to Jamie Sterling, mother of AshLynn and BreAnne Sterling, the twins featured on Toddlers and Tiaras.
Recently, I became curious about the twins, and searched their names on Google. Surprisingly, I mostly found blogs complaining about things similar to my complaints about mom Jamie and the cruelty faced by AshLynn, and no new information about AshLynn and BreAnne.
I did find a video from when the Toddlers and Tiaras episode aired with Jamie Sterling talking about parenting and entering her twin girls in pageants. I decided to watch it, and despite the fact that it's been almost two years since the episode aired, the anger towards Jamie came right back.
Her clip, right from the start, talks about favoring BreAnne because she's the prettiest of the five girls. She later talks about how AshLynn is too skinny and has a big nose, and how she's shy and timid. What didn't immediately hit me last time when I saw the Sterling Twins on Toddlers and Tiaras was how articulate AshLynn was. She's clearly very intelligent, which makes the whole situation so much worse. She knows exactly what's going on when being berated by her family. And, she looks so sad! No six year old should have to suffer the hurt and humiliation that AshLynn did, especially because she is such a beautiful and articulate child who clearly doesn't deserve her mother's behavior.
What also strikes me is that dad Barry Sterling clearly notes that he doesn't like his girls competing against each other in pageants, but denying Jamie's desire would create friction in their marriage. Stick up for yourself, man! I truly hope Barry has stood up for his beliefs after the Toddlers and Tiaras episode - he clearly knew what Jamie was doing was wrong, but didn't express it to Jamie - only to the cameras.
If anyone has any information on where the Sterling twins and Sterling family are now, please let me know! My last Sterling sighting was on Little Miss Perfect in 2010, I believe. I want to know if AshLynn is still being forced to compete in pageants, if BreAnne was finally disciplined, and if the Sterling marriage survived the Toddlers and Tiaras drama.
Update 8/15/11: Word has it that the Sterling's are getting a divorce. Click here for details.
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