I got a chance to see the Steve Harvey talk show for the first time and he had little girls from Toddlers and Tiaras as guests. Confession: I’ve never watched Toddlers and Tiaras.
The little girls adorably talked about their crowns, trophies, and wanting to be princesses. He asked his 4-year-old guest to show him the Shirley Temple dance she's well-known for and does in competitions. She proceeded to booty-shake for like 10 seconds. Um…several things bothered me about this:
(1) The Shirley Temple Dance. Now, I could be wrong, but wasn’t Shirley Temple the epitome of innocence? So, booty-shaking is innocent now? And please tell me which movie Shirley Temple showcased her “drop it” skills.
(2) A 4-year-old booty-shaking is cute, but a 20-year-old doing the same exact move before flipping upside down on a pole for $5 is skanky? Why, because she’s selling sex? Hmm…the 4-year-old wins money, right? Oh, and a crown.
So, follow me for a few seconds…
(1) 20-year-old booty-shaking for money
(2) 4-year-old booty-shaking for money/tiara
Not exactly apples to oranges, is it? At least the little girl gets a crown. Sometimes certain things are ok in certain settings; therefore, maybe its ok in the pageant world. But, like I said, I don’t follow the show or the toddler beauty circuit and I don’t think it’s fair to formulate an opinion on something you’ve only had a tiny glimpse of.
I switched gears to imagine The Baby, who is 16-months-old, competing in a pageant. If you’ve read my previous posts you’ll know she came here with her own rules.
The Baby is the kind of girl who isn't walking unless it's daintily on her toes and never misses the chance to hug and kiss her big sister. She’s also the same girl who shoved another baby because the little girl tried to take something from her. And in another instance, held on to a toy so tight when a little boy tried to take it from her he gave up.
Yes, she’s tough when it matters and not afraid to show it. And that's beautiful all on its own. Somehow, I don’t think a world where spray tans and capped teeth are a necessity will be as accepting of a little girl tackling (probably literally) the competition.
But, in my world awesome is the little girl who wears a football helmet with her tutu and boxing gloves with her crown.