Each week, my favorite part of Toddlers and Tiaras is when an announcer lists the contestants' hobbies. They include things like drooling and making silly faces for the youngest ones to playing with friends and fishing for the older ones.
It's such a stark contrast between what the little girls (and boys) like to do and what they really spend their time doing: Spray tanning, getting fitted for flippers, and learning how to put their fingers up to their cheeks in some sort of scary Shirley Temple impersonation they all seem to do.
Each time they read the lists, I laugh; then I start to feel sad as the show goes on.
This week, it was Teeghan's mom who was the most notable/quotable. She wasn't the most flamboyant or outrageous mom I've seen, but she was a true pageant mom nonetheless.
The first sign was when her 3-year-old daughter began the show by proclaiming, "And I'm going to bring a big crown for mommy at home."
But if you're not pretty enough? Well, then you bring home disappointment for your mommy.
Mommy, Jamie, was a former pageant participant herself, even competing with the likes of Eva Longoria, which was "the best feeling ever." Somehow, I bet that's one of the first things she mentions upon meeting anyone -- Teeghan's mom, not Eva.
When her seemingly lovely and supportive husband calmly said he wished she had told him about the cost of a dress purchased for the pageant, she blew him off, and then told the camera, "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission. That's my motto."
What great advice for marriages everywhere, and just perfect for a growing girl to hear!
But the final comment she made was the saddest of them all because I think it speaks so strongly to the reason so many women force their little girls into the world of beauty pageants.
"I think that facial beauty is probably the main focus of the pageant. It's the main focus, honestly, in life as well. That's the first thing people notice about you is your face."
Did you watch Toddlers and Tiaras this week? Thoughts?
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