This week, Toddlers and Tiaras featured the Crown Beauties Glitzy Divas pageant. The pageant director, Bonnie Crow, said a couple of true but questionable things in her introduction. She said that to win, a girl can't be overweight - she needs a Barbie look. She also said that pageants are not for the poor, which is true, but is still a little bit sad. (Note: the statements Bonnie made are horrible in general, and I mean that they're true for this pageant, not all pageants, since she's the director.)
The first girl we met today was four year old Adriana. Mom Jade said for pageants, she goes from tomboy to pageant queen. Adriana had been in pageants since she was two, although she first participated in natural pageants, and Crown Beauties Glitzy Divas would be her first full glitz pageant. Jade admitted that she's more into pageants than her daughter. She's been getting her daughter to eat healthy so she can look thin for the pageant.
Madi, the ten year old daughter of Kerry, has reached more than $100,000 in winnings and has been in more than 300 pageants. That being said, she seems like a well adjusted kid, and her winnings are going towards her college fund, which is totally respectable.
Third was Ever Rose, the eight year old daughter of Kayla. Kayla likes the aspect of throwing off her child and thinks it's very normal. She does have a point - lots of moms like to show off their kids - but not all moms do it through pageants. Mom and Ever Rose watch their diets before pageants. Mom said that Ever Rose has taken off 10 pounds, and she does that by watching calories.
Adriana was late for beauty, but she did make it onstage. She didn't look as confident and poised as some of her competition. Ever Rose appeared second. Her dress didn't flatter her at all. She also didn't make eye contact with the judges. Madi, in contrast, was fantastic. I think her makeup was a bit heavy, but I'm not a pageant pro, so maybe that's what the judges want. Although I found her smile to be a tiny bit too big and fake, Madi looked great and did awesome on stage.
Casual Wear was next. Don't be fooled by the name - the outfit has to be a full custom outfit, and it certainly can't be an everyday casual outfit.
Adriana, again, was late for this part of the pageant. Ever Rose was on time, and she wore a pink and black pinstripe outfit that the judges loved. Madi, despite not being allowed to choose her own magic for casual wear, did a great job on her routine. She wore a black, red and white outfit that made her look somewhat like a scantily dressed matador. Casual Wear ended without Adriana's mom realizing it, but she was allowed onstage to do her routine. She was dressed as a sailor. The outfit didn't fit quite right and she was clearly off her game.
4 Year Old Division
Photogenic and Casual Wear Winner: Maddie
Princess: MaKayla, Jaycee and Adriana
I don't blame the judges at all for Adriana's score. She wasn't that good and was late for everything.
7 - 8 Year Old Division
Photogenic and Casual Wear Winner: Olivia
Princess: Anne Marie
9 - 10 Year Old Division
Divisional Supreme: Haylee
Novice Supreme: Maddie B.
2011 Face: Ever Rose
Ultimate Grand Supreme: Madi
I can not stand when moms say that they're living vicariously though their children on this show. The mom is not in the pageant. The mom doesn't have to spend her youth practicing her beauty walk. I can understand being excited and hopeful for your child, but living through your child's life is hardly a healthy way to live. I've been thinking about this a lot since the T and T episode with mom Melissa and daughter Carley - it was a bit overwhelming how much Melissa lived through Carley's success.
The names on this T&T episode were interesting. We had Ever Rose, first of all, which I don't hate, but certainly don't like either. There was a Marley, which was interesting but not my style. There was also a Lynzee, which is a name that I like but a spelling that I detest. There were other weird names, too, like Cavanaugh, MaKayla (bad capitalization) and Haylee (not my favorite spelling but I understand why people like it).
Adriana's mom was upset that Adriana lost and blamed it on her not having the Barbie look that the pageant judges like. I disagree - she lost because she wasn't that good, and she was late for Beauty and was so late for Casual Wear that it ended before she could even go onstage.
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