Entries in Toddlers and Tiaras (2)


Vanessa Williams Not a Fan of 'Toddlers & Tiaras'

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Vanessa Williams, a former Miss America winner, does not think highly of the TLC series Toddlers & Tiaras, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at child pageants.

In an episode of Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show that aired Thursday, the Desperate Housewives actress is asked if she thinks the kids on Toddlers & Tiaras are being pushed into the pageants. She replies, "I think they don't know what they are doing. But when the child is screaming and saying, 'I don't want to do this, I don't feel like doing it,' when they are using special juice to get them hyped...."

Cooper then interjects and explains that the "special juice," also known as "go-go juice," is a mix of Mountain Dew and 7-Up.

Williams, the mother of four children, says she would never let her kids participate in such pageants.

Williams in 1983 became the first African-American woman to win the Miss America crown, but she was later stripped of the title after nude photos of her surfaced.

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6-Year-Old Beauty Queen Eden Wood Retires

6-year-old beauty queen, Eden Wood. (TLC)(NEW YORK) -- At just 6 years old, Eden Wood is a pioneer of the pageant world with 300 wins, but she is hanging up her crown, at least for now, and just made her final appearance on the hit show Toddlers and Tiaras.

"I think she's following in the footsteps of some pretty big people who have done pageants, like Oprah Winfrey," said Micki Wood, Eden's mom.

But Eden and her manager-mother aren't finished with show business, they're just trading in pageants for a bigger piece of the pie, hoping to build a mini Eden empire, from the Eden Wood Princess Canopy Bed Collection to her own showgirl action figure to a memoir, From Cradle to Crown. All of this is from a girl who hasn't even learned cursive yet.

But her mother insists she's not teaching Eden that what's important in life is to be famous.

"No, because so much of her life has nothing to do with that," Wood said. "As long as she enjoys what we're doing, Mama's going to keep doing it. If it leads to the Miley Cyrus status or Selena Gomez, so be it. If it doesn't, that's fine, too."

"I would like to think that Micki and I have created a manual that people would want to emulate in the future," said Heather Ryan, Eden's agent. "It's like nothing else anybody has ever done. So I hope that we haven't messed it up so much that people go, 'Oh my gosh, I would love to do that for my child.' It's astounding how far she's come in such little time."

Eden did a Midwest mall tour, "Eden Wood and the Glamour Girls," a variety show with her former competitors, pageant queens Jasmine Webb and Dianely Noesi. The tour is a chance for Eden to perform new songs off her upcoming album after making almost $1,000 from her first single, "Cutie Patootie."

So does Wood think all of her pushing will have paid off if Eden makes it big?

"Why not see if we can't have a Hollywood contract, a reality show, a spot on a Disney program. It's the American dream. It's her destiny," Wood said.

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