Kids Pageant Show. That word combination sounds a little odd, isn’t it? Have you ever had a chance to be a watcher of this stuff? Or maybe you were on the grand jury panel? Have you ever heard of “Toddlers and Tiaras” television series?
For those who are not familiar with the topic, we’ll try to simplify it for you. A child beauty pageant is a contest, where only children under 16 are allowed. Someone might supposedly think what’s wrong with that? Just imagine a harmless little toddler being under the lights of the stage, dressed in a bulky dress, face being painted within all the colours of the rainbow, and with a massive elaborate hairdos. The very first thought comes to mind – what’s the purpose of all that? Do parents really think of this idea as something brilliant that will give their children a lot of self-worth? How does the jury feel when they are in charge of giving an assessment to little innocent toddlers? There are so many questions and so few answers. Let’s try to distance ourselves from the moral side of the question and take a look on the kids’ life after. What is their emotional state and how do they live now after being participants in these contests. Here’s the list of the most famous childhood beauty pageant contestants.
1. Alana Thompson as “Honey Boo-Boo”
The first one in our list is a star of an American reality television “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo” Alana “Honey Boo-Boo” Thompson. This girl was an absolute star from the beginning of the show until the very end of the show in 2014. Video compilations of her went really viral, and as it happens on the Internet due to someone’s popularity the girl become a meme. The girl was absolutely splendid, which can’t be said about her whole weird family. Despite of the falling popularity of kids beauty pageant shows, the fame of Alana Thompson has given birth to a bunch of reality TV show spinoffs about her family. She’s doing okay right now and still being busy with these shows up to this day.
2. MaKenzie Myers
We’ve already mentioned the show “Toddlers and Tiaras” at the beginning of the article, and the next person in our list is MaKenzie Myers, who were, absolutely, one of the main stars in this children’s beauty pageant show. She has kept a low profile since 2013, when she (or her parents) made a decision to keep the distance from pageant life and made a retirement. She also did everything she could to avoid any social media platforms, that was the price of her childhood popularity. Right at the moment, MaKenzie Myers enjoys her life and actively posting on her Instagram profile, so her fans could see how their former star is doing right now and what she’s up to. She also had a mini-reunion with her girls’ co-stars recently at the New York Fashion Week, and many of her fans are thinking about a future possibility to see MaKenzie in a role of model. We hope to see her soon too.
3. Eden Wood
Number three in our list is this magnificent blondie. Can you imagine a toddler at six months to perform on a stage? By three years Eden had been cast on a role in a short film “The Angry Box”. When Eden had just turned four, she became a participant in “Toddlers and Tiaras”. Wood was a real star and absolutely phenomenal in this, but later she decided to hang her crown up and moved forward. Her next step was her own network show entitled “Eden’s World”. But the biggest success was yet to come. Later on she won an opportunity to play the role of Darla Hood in Universal Entertainment’s reboot of “The Little Rascals Save The Day!” and moved to Los Angeles for the fame she deserved.
Wood came a really long and a thorny path to become the celebrity she is now. A little girl from her Arkansas farm town is doing well. She does some modelling, running her own site and Instagram profile, and she even became a judge on “Toddlers and Tiaras”, the project that has launched her career.
4. Taralyn Eschberger
Number four is Taralyn Eschberger. Another star of “Toddlers and Tiaras”, was a principle cast member on the show from 2009 to 2011. Taralyn, a little reality TV star, who appeared on the screen mostly with her ex-colleague Alana Thompson, was born and raised in Texas. Her debut on the screen started when she appeared on the TV show “Little Miss Perfect” in 2009.
A winner of won the 2010 iPOP Los Angeles Award for Child Model of the Year, right now is doing fine in retirement. Taralyn decided to gave up on the shows and preferred to have normal childhood as everyone else. She’s enjoying life with her friends and has chosen to throw herself into sports.
5. Madison Berg
Another contestant of “Toddlers and Tiaras” in our list is Madison “Tootie” Berg. Madison was born in Brandon, Mississippi and enjoyed being a cheerleader in her high school years. She referred “Tootie” to as an entirely separate personality.
What was the reason she decided to leave the show and to go her own way? To win the Miss Mississippi Teen United States 2017 title, of course.
This beautie with thick brown hair and piercing brown eyes right now is dreaming about winning Miss USA someday. Looking at her appearance right now, we can be absolutely sure that someday this title will belong to her.
6. Alycesaundra & Giavanna
Alycesaundra & Giavanna, mostly known as “The Tiara Twins”, rose to fame side by side. Their Mom, Kelly Lyerly, made everything in her power to make her children famous and successful. According to her words, she spent more than a million dollars to make her twins’ career to happen. These expanses include all their pageant needs, money for fineries, cosmetics, renting the studios to help her kids with runway practice and even security for her famous children. It doesn’t need to be said all the expanses were doubled.
Alycesaundra was six when she began designing and making dresses for her friends. Right now she is making more complicated dresses and even employs professional seamstresses to make them.
Alycesaundra says her career wouldn’t happen if not her sister, Giavanna, who became her own muse.
7. Isabella Barrett
Number 7 in our list is Isabella Barrett, a child beauty queen famous for her appearances in “Toddlers and Tiaras”. Before the fame came to knock on her door, Isabella was crowned Little Miss America in 2012. She is also a co-owner of a clothing and jewellery line called “Glitzy Girl” alongside with her mother.
Born in Rhode Island, this girl became a millionaire before she even became a teen. Her estimated net worth is about $2 millions.
Isabella is enjoying herself being famous, saying there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Her family is very proud of her, doing all their best to multiply her welth being and success.
8. Destiny Christian
The last one in our list is Destiny, one of the most scandalous participant of “Toddlers and Tiaras”.
Destiny was only 4 years old when she performed on stage dressed up as Sandy from “Grease”, having a lit cigarette alongside with her character. No need to say it was a scandal to have seeing a little toddler smoking on the stage. People and TV-channels were burst into rage, it was a real scandal, but hopefully for little Destiny and her mother, everything soon came back to normal.
Since then, this baby has quit any pageants and just enjoying her life as a normal teenager. We hope her her morality hadn’t been shattered and everything will be absolutely okay.