Mom Defends 4-Year-Old's Hooters Outfit (VIDEO)

hooters signEver since we heard "a dolla make me holla, honey boo boo child," the child beauty pageant circuit has never been the same. We've seen programs where child beauty stars were outfitted in flippers and spray tanned to perfection, but a new pageant mom is taking her job to a whole new level. On the British documentary Blinging Up Baby, a hands-on mom named Leannn shows off her DIY skills when she makes her 4-year-old-daughter's pageant attire: a Hooters outfit.

That's right. Prepare to be disturbed:

All right, mom has never been to a Hooters, so that's question one. Why choose it? If it's known in America, will most people (and hey, the judges) across the pond know the reference? And better yet, how do you explain to the child what she's wearing? Once she puts it on and asks, "Mom, what does this mean?" it's not going to be easy to answer that one!

Yet mom defends her choice:

Some people may say it's controversial, especially the theme I've chosen, but at the end of the day, little girls wear swimming costumes to the beach all summer, and that's not a controlled environment. The environment my kids go in is a controlled environment and it is ticket-entry only.

Other moms were quick to point out that there's a large difference between a swimsuit on the beach and a Hooters outfit onstage. Plus, it's not quite ticket-entry only when it's broadcast on national, and worldwide, television. Just sayin'. Point busted, Leann.

There is really no reason why a child should even know what a Hooters is. Not at 4. That's far too young to understand the cultural meaning behind the franchise. Sure, it serves some bomb wings and is inspiration for plenty of adult Halloween costumes, but let's not forget the blatant sexuality that's associated with it. And that's far too much to infer for a preschooler.

Let's face it. Four-year-olds are inquisitive, to say the least. They ask questions constantly, want to know the world around them, and demand explanations for the simplest of debates. They're sometimes far more curious than parents are able to realize.

So parents, why put yourself in that situation and be forced to have to answer questions? Instead, pick kid-friendly clothes, toys, and activities because there's no need to discuss such adult topics with them at this age. If you cut off the source and the reason for the questions, you won't have to deal with the influx of "Why, Mom? Why?" until you're ready for the talk.

What do you think of the costume?


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Corbi... CorbinsMumma

I watched the clip and she was one of the most covered ones

Elaine Cox

nothing like whoring out your kids so you can live your fame dreams

Jeana... JeanaJaybird

Well .. I don't think it is any worse than taking your child into that establishment.. Although I have never been to Hooters, I don't believe I would ever take my children there either. Given that this mother has never even been there herself, I DO find that she is exploiting her child based solely on sexualization. I mean, she can't even vouge for their food or anything, all she even knows about Hooters is their sexualized work attire? Hmm..

nonmember avatar Tamika

Parents have done worse to these kids to win. Hooters is what it is. I've been there with my 10 yr old and 6 yr old daughters. It's ladies making a living. Not a whore house or any worse then what goes on in some of these homes.

nonmember avatar me

ive been to couple of hooters in different states. some girls are surprisingly well covered, some are little less but they are all covered. ive taken my kids, 2 sons and a daughter under 10. i wouldnt put my daughter in their outfit because the sexualization thats connected to the brand but the restaurant itself is not sexual at all. the girls dont flirt with you or do anything more than waitresses in other restaurants. people just have this image of them that isnt accurate. sure they do calendars and events but its a family restaurant so theres nothing inappropriate going on in the diningroom

Emma Graham

I used to work at Hooters, and that being said, I think it's entirely inappropriate for her to dress her daughter in that costume. Of course I take umbridge with the entire "toddlers in tiaras" movement, but that's a whole other kettle of fish....

nonmember avatar Me

There's nothing like turning your toddler into a little sex bomb.......I hate those horrid pageants ......they make my stomach turn.


Disgusting, all of it.

nonmember avatar Suheir H.

Please toddlers in tiaras is disgusting in my opinion.. they are just catering to pedophiles.. it's like free child porn. . You guys should take a look at the creator of the show. . I'm really hoping it'd a pageant mom and not a creepy 50 yr old overweight man with a creepy mustache that sweats alot... yikes

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