TLC has graced us with adolescent beauty queens like pacifier-sucking MaKenzie Meyers and the infamous Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, but the learning network now has a new pageant star up its sleeve.
“Toddlers and Tiaras” introduced a new child beauty queen to the mix, 6-year-old Isabella Barrett, who not only struts her stuff as a beauty queen, but is also an entrepreneur and a bonafide self-labeled millionaire.
Barrett can be seen on the reality program sporting a one-shoulder leopard print frock, teased side ponytail and black high heels and is dripping in diamonds as she messes up her two-minute routine, resulting in a full meltdown from her mother.
“When she got on stage, she was lost,” said mom Susanna Barrett, 39, who burst into tears. “I feel sad seeing her blow it. It’s like blowing the World Series. It’s just so heartbreaking to me,” she said.
Isabella, a Rhode Island native, told The Daily Mirror that she enjoys living her life in the spotlight, watching her beauty pageant records expand, and running her popular jewelry and makeup line, Glitzy Girl.
“What’s not to like about being a millionaire?” she said. “I’m a superstar … I just love being the boss. I never lose at anything and almost every pageant I enter, I win.”
Susanna, who admits her daughter has a taste for the finer things in life, including filet mignon, expensive shoes, five-star hotel visits and being “waited on,” says she and her husband, Antonio, are not raising their daughter to be spoiled.
“[We] really try to keep her feet on the ground. I see what happens to these child stars like Britney Spears and I certainly do not want that happening to my daughter. But she does like nice things, so we do treat her,” said Susanna, who admits she wants her daughter to become a Disney star.
The family admits to spending up to $10,000 for each of Isabella’s costumes, $50,000 yearly in pageant entry fees and $500 in fake teeth, also referred to as “flippers” in the pageant world.
The Barrett family recently quit the TLC program. Susanna told HLN that she was tired of being scrutinized by associating with the show.
“You expect that if you’re a good person that you put good out there that you get good back. With 'Toddlers and Tiaras' its really in the editing. They’re there to sell a show. They weren’t there. They dropped the ball for us when we needed them,” Susanna said.
As for Isabella’s thoughts on the situation, “I just love all of it and never want it to stop," she told The Daily Mirror. "I just love being a star."