'Toddlers & Tiaras' Star Says: 'It's Not Child Abuse — Everyone Wants Their Child To Be A Star'!

Wed, July 13, 2011 5:00pm EDT by 14 Comments
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If you want your toddler to be famous, then you’ll have to buy some fake teeth and get her a good spray tan says reality mommy Lynn.

If you think spray tanning a 4-year-old in a kitchen at midnight, or sculpting their eyebrows all in the name of glitz and glamour is superficial and scary — then you’re on board with our reporter Chloe Melas and intern Scott Galina. But the star mommy of Lola, 4, on the July 13 episode of Toddler’s & Tiaras Lynn Whittley, tells HollyBaby.com that it’s no different than taking your daughter to a dance recital.

“I don’t see it as exploiting my child at all,” Lynn says “I don’t think it’s any worse than dance classes or dance recitals. I don’t consider it child abuse, if [other moms] don’t want their child to do it then I say don’t do it. If you are going to be in these glitz pageants you have to do the full makeup and do tanning.”

The internet is already abuzz about a clip from tonight’s episode which shows Lola being rewarded for remembering her dance moves and standing on the taped X’s with candy and sugar cubes.

“In Lola’s dance class they will reward them with a Smarty. We started picking it up here,” Lynn says but adds Lola is more likely to receive Pixie Sticks now. “The sugar cubes was a one-time thing.”

Anyone who knows anything about the pageant world has heard of Eden Wood, 6, who recently retired to pursue a career in Hollywood — and Lynn believes Lola could be the next reigning queen of the pageant world.

“I hope Lola is a star. Everyone wants their child to be a star. I think Lola has what it takes. If the opportunity arose I’d take her to Hollywood. If she wants to do it, I won’t hold her back,” Lynn says. “She needs to get a little more of a routine down, but eventually I think she’ll get to where Eden is.”

In the meantime, Lynn says she puts Lola in pageants at least once a month to keep her skills up to par, and says if you’re interested in getting your daughter or son into pageants here’s what to do:

“Start with simple pageants. Mall pageants to see if your child is going to be interested in them and how your child does before they go to bigger ones. Start off with a real nice dress and advance from there.”

Tune into TLC tonight at 10PM ET for an all-new episode of Toddlers & Tiaras!

— Chloe Melas & Scott Galina

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