'Toddlers and Tiaras' 5th anniversary: 5 things we have (unfortunately) learned

"Toddlers and Tiaras" celebrates its fifth anniversary on Monday (Jan. 27). Yes, it's only been five years since the world first met these first pint-sized beauty queens. There was an innocent era when few of us could identify a glitz dress. We didn't always know that people spray-tanned their young children.

There was a time before Honey Boo Boo.

Five years later, it has all changed. And here are five things that viewers of "Toddlers and Tiaras" now know about beauty pageants and more.

1. There are more rhinestones in the world than we ever imagined.

When the contestants and overbearing mothers on "Toddlers and Tiaras" talk about glitz, they basically mean rhinestones. Lots and lots and lots of rhinestones. So many rhinestones that it's amazing little children can walk in those dresses.

2. Children's beauty pageants are powered by Pixy Stix.

Most of us probably don't remember that the flavored-sugar candy Pixy Stix still exists. But these beauty pageants wouldn't even exist without the sugar rush. That's what it looks like anyway.

3. Spray-tanning looks horrifying.

Pageant kids apparently need suntans. It's a special form of punishment.


4. Your mom doesn't seem so bad now, does she?

Unless you were raised by a stage mom who happily admits to living through a child's pain, there is no way your mother was ever as bad as some of the "Toddlers and Tiaras" ladies.

5. Honey Boo Boo

It's hard to remember now, but little Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson first appeared on "Toddlers and Tiaras" as an unusually crass little starlet. She wasn't the best pageant girl, but Honey Boo Boo was definitely one of the most memorable.


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