Sunday, September 18, 2011

Drama Regarding Eden Wood and Kelly Bensimon - Reality Crossover!

This story is a reality TV lover's dream - a dramatic story involving Eden Wood of Toddlers and Tiaras and Kelly Killoren Bensimon of The Real Housewives of New York.

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Kelly Bensimon hosted a fashion show for children's footwear brand Cicciabella at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and Toddlers an Tiaras star Eden Wood was featured. Okay, no big deal, right? Well, sure, except for the fact that Eden's performance included gyrating on stage.

If you're a Toddlers and Tiaras fan, you'll know that Eden was a pageant princess until mom Eden and mom Mickie Wood decided to pull her out of pageants for the big league: modeling and acting.  It seems to be working, since Eden landed this gig at fashion week, but her career may take a step back after this appearance.

Some people are placing blame in inappropriate places, like blaming the producers of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for allowing this event to occur. But here's the thing - I highly doubt they knew exactly what would happen, and even if they did, I bet they didn't know it would cause this kind of controversy. (In fact, I bet it wouldn't have caused controversy at all if Eden wasn't involved - she's famous enough to make this a headline, rather than a back page story hidden in a newspaper somewhere.) If blame is to be placed anywhere, it should be on the people in charge of Cicciabella's fashion show and on Eden's mom and management team. That being said, Eden's mom is out to get Eden famous, and this is certainly getting her there! Even Cicciabella will probably benefit from this because their brand has gained some fame. And all press is good press, right?

The controversy over the fashion show is based on the fact that Eden was being sexualized at a young age and this can be confusing for a girl growing up. I understand this - Eden shouldn't understand using looks and sexuality for attention - but it's also possible that the girl has no idea that her movements are considered sexual. She could just be doing a stage routine that she doesn't understand, much like what occurs in beauty pageants. Kelly Bensimon agreed with the innocence of Eden's appearance, stating that Eden was just having a "fun, girly moment." While I normally think Kelly's thoughts and sentiments are a bit wacky (and you may agree if you've seen her on The Real Housewives of New York), but I'm with her on this one. Was Eden's gyrating appropriate? Absolutely not. But was she aware that her moves were sexual? I doubt it. I don't think this fashion show will give Eden any more issues than she may have from participating in pageants and growing up in the spotlight.

Aside from the fact that Eden has a following, this story probably became popular because of the recent Paisley-the-Prostitot fiasco, in which a 3 year old girl featured on Toddlers and Tiaras was dressed as Julia Roberts' prostitute character in Pretty Woman. People are already on the rampage about kids in overly sexualized costumes, and Eden's story is just being tacked onto the list of reasons why people are angry about kids being sexualized and told that looks are what's important in life.

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