Ever 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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