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

Wed, July 13, 2011 5:00pm EST 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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Edward Kobe

Posted at 4:43 PM on September 7, 2013  

Tthere’s an easy solution 2 TLC..ANYTHJNG AT ALL
they put on tv refuse 2 watch. That means EVERYTHING
and ANYTHING. Do not watch…. Very simple.

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Posted at 3:21 AM on September 21, 2012  

“. If you are going to be in these glitz pageants you have to do the full makeup and do tanning.”

Right, and that’s the problem. These pageants should not exist. These pageants are child abuse. Everyone who runs them, advertises in them, promotes them, and enters their children in them, is abusing children and they should all be in jail. Get it, mom???

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Posted at 4:52 PM on April 22, 2012  

all parents do want their child to be a star but what kind of star? lets see… oh i got one a sex star! stupid mothers! you think people will love them for who they really are well wrong pedophiles will love them every bit of your child. and dont blame others if they get raped and murdered. Mother blame yourself if anything happens to your child or children.

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Posted at 9:19 PM on April 5, 2012  

Thanks for the good writeup. It in truth used to be a enjoyment account it. Look complex to more brought agreeable from you! By the way, how could we communicate?

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Posted at 8:20 PM on January 9, 2012  

Of ALL channels….THE LEARNING CHANNEL thinks this is ok?

The bigwigs of this channel need just has much help as these poor children, as well as the disgusting parents involved!


Just one more reason to BOYCOTT this station! I think you are aware of the other reason, if NOT you flew by the MORON stage long ago!!

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Karen Rowe

Posted at 5:24 PM on August 30, 2011  

On one episode of Toddlers and Tiaras, Eden Wood’s mother, who admitted the child has no friends, put socks on her hands and pretended they were puppets. Eden said they were her best friends. That is one of the saddest things I have ever seen.

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Posted at 12:26 PM on July 29, 2011  

Pageants. Are. not. Abuse. All you people saying they are must have never done one before cause when I did I loved it. For that 2 minutes you are on stage and everybody has their eyes on you, you feel awesome.:) They can also be a great way to meet friends and grow as a person it teaches you it is ok to lose and that nobody wins all the time. And not all of the pageant moms get that way some can get pretty bad like the one who gave her child Botox by she admitted that it was a mistake and she should not of done that. The little pageant girls are just trying to get their 15 minutes of fame it is no different than a child singer and actor or child model they all have to look good and that is fine if you are so against pageants then just ignore them you don’t have to be in them or anything:) but they are really fun<3 but you know everyone has their own opinion and this is just mine:)

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Posted at 8:15 PM on January 9, 2012  


Then throw in the parents!

Some people absolutely should NEVER have children!

You feel super awesome for those 2 minutes when you are on stage?

Get professional help! You may not realize it, but you desperately need it!

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Posted at 6:37 PM on April 14, 2012  

Pageants are abuse!

Note that child pageant girls:
Their life spectative might be short.
They wear very provocative dresses.
Their might be kidnapped by an evil person.
Their wear so much makeup that it will ruin their face.
They have no friends.
Some of the kids are forced to do it.
And stuff…

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Posted at 11:23 AM on July 21, 2011  

I’d bust her ass if she were mine. no adult needs to let a child run over them that way. That leads to bigger problems when they become teens and adults themselves

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Posted at 8:09 PM on January 9, 2012  

I agree that children should get a pop on their backside when they act badly, hit others, etc, etc.

However, this isn’t really the childs fault. Look at the way they are being raised. They have no sense of right or wrong.

Those pathetic excuses of parents are to blame here.

You’re also correct when you stated the issues that WILL come up when these children get older, ESP. when they hit the teen years.

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Posted at 11:00 PM on July 19, 2011  

I think with all the children who are being abused, this ranks right up there. How can tv promote this sort of thing? I think this is an open door for child porn and child molesters, and should be stopped !!! We are trying to clean up our country not make more smutt. What the hell are these parents thinking

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Posted at 9:43 AM on July 15, 2011  

“Everyone wants their child to be a star” She showed with her own words why these pageants can be so harmful – it’s about what the parents want, not the child!

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Posted at 8:04 PM on January 9, 2012  


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