Toddlers & Tiaras: The Controversy Continues
See bonus photos from this week’s PEOPLE cover story about the shocking world of child beauty pageants
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It takes about 3 hours of prep – and more than $3,000 for outfits, accoutrements, accessories and entry fees – to get this 5-year-old ready for pageant day.
Maddy’s mother, Lindsay Jackson, and her grandmother foot her five-figure annual pageant bill.
The big winner at the California Gold Coast pageant, Kailia, 5, is an old pro: She first hit the stage at 7 days old.
Kailia shows off her skills – and flexibility! – on stage in Oxnard, Calif.
Like many girls featured on Toddlers & Tiaras Kalia displays a serious disdain for hair spray.
“When she’s not competing, she looks like any other 6-year-old girl,” says MaKenzie’s mom, Juana (right).
With her flipper (snap-on teeth that many “glitz” pageant contestants wear) firmly in place, MaKenzie works the stage.