Country Living Series

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It takes all kinds

An unusual article appeared on Drudge yesterday: Self-made millionaire reveals how she made her money - aged just NINE

This little girl, it seems, got her start on the infamous Toddlers and Tiaras show (child beauty contests, for those unfamiliar with the genre).


Encouraged by her success on the show, the child launched her own bling-style clothing and jewelry line at just six years old, which has made her a multi-millionaire by age nine.


Quoting the article: Isabella said: "It feels awesome because I know everybody looks up to me which is a big responsibility. My fans love me, they tell me I'm really cool and just really pretty - there's nothing not to like about being famous."

Reaction to this whole child beauty contest beginning gave a lot of people the willies, since so many kids got pushed into it by stage moms. But undoubtedly many girls loved it -- loved the spotlight, loved the attention. This little girl is doing nothing more than capitalizing on that platform, and doing it perfectly legally.

There's no indication whatever she is being abused or forced into this lifestyle. Her family seems very loving and supportive. By all accounts she's rich, successful, and confident. She appears to be an extremely motivated and entrepreneurial young lady.


So why do I find the whole article slightly nauseating?

22 comments:

  1. You found it nauseating because it is. Parading little girls around made up to look like a Kardashian has gotten out of hand. "There's nothing not to like about being famous" Let's see how self centered she is by 17.

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  2. Because it extols vices as virtues, and plain ole bad taste: vanity, gaudiness, vulgar display of wealth, a disproportionate emphasis on physical beauty. And it is made worse because most of us still like to see the growth virtue encouraged in a child even when we are jaded about adults.

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  3. Because, when I saw the first pic, the first thought to cross my mind was that she'd gotten rich marketing something even grosser than Bratz??

    Because this is America, and God bless America, but there's something nauseating about seeing a tiny child painted up like a mannequin in a boutique store I wouldn't be caught dead in??

    Because she should be getting muddy, not getting made up and making millions??

    Because there's a limit to the Good Old American Dream before the pursuit of happiness separates from the pursuit of material success??

    I don't know how to verbalize why. But it makes me feel kinda pukey too.

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    1. This made me laugh , because MUDDY was exactly the word I was think of too !! , My niece sent a picture of her little girl playing in mud puddles last week , and I told her I was so glad to see little Emily is having a happy childhood !! Maybe I am short sighted , not all children are alike , but some mud ,frogs, fireflies, and puppies seem to be part of a good childhood, she doesn't look as tho she does much of that.Karen

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  4. Because it is....gives you a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach....UGH!!! Children should be children as long as they can and not get wrapped up in vain things....But then again, that is just this Grammy who is out of touch with the things of this world....
    Love from NC

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  5. As loving and supportive as these parents are trying to be, they have missed the mark on giving this girl something inside to rely on when her 'beauty' and the 'nothing not to like about being famous' wear thin. Beauty only lasts just so long, and money and fame can provide things we may want or need physically, but when hard times come, and they will, neither of those will provide her with what she needs. Such a shame this little soul sees the world through the glamour and money eye at such a young age. Never to have experienced the innocence, and freedom she should have enjoyed.

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  6. It is sick because you know in your hearts this is the slippery slope. Children looking like adults blurs the lines between each.

    What's next? bikinis? a wedding dress? a wedding? Ridiculous you say? How long did it take perverts to destroy the American definition of marriage? Now gender is being redefined. You can bet your Birkenstocks that the 'age of consent' will be evil's next target.
    Montana Guy

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  7. Because she should be playing with dolls, not looking like one.

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  8. Not knowing her family background, the one thing I did not see was that the family is instilling faith in their daughter. "She started a line...", really? Or did the parents exploit this child's beauty. What would happen should there be some tragedy that would scar those darling looks, would she make it or lose it? What foundation will she have that depends on not just her looks but her Spirit. I hope that money is being socked away, I really don't think that she has the wherewithal to take care of her own accounting. I always feel a bit off when someone puts it all in material and not the spiritual. I am however glad that her appearance for now can be capitalized on for now. Only time will tell.

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  9. Addition to my previous response, just watched the video and really, her looks are not all that if you simply look at her face not the clothing. It looks like puberty is about to rear it's unwelcome outcome. That was too bad about her older sister tho.

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  10. Narcissism is repulsive if you aren't afflicted by it yourself.

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  11. think of the pedophiles!
    montana guy is right.

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    1. Warning: Free Speech Zone

      Deborah, and how about Muslims? Islam supports child brides, many in fact. Mohammed married 16 times including the youngest girl who was only 7 years old. Only fools would think that child brides will not be sacrificed in the US. And our evil government will protect the Muslim grooms with lethal force.

      It makes me sick to see our Founders' Republic destroyed before my eyes.

      Montana Guy

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  12. she was deprived her childhood...

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  13. Her fans look up to her because she is so pretty...as if beauty were a virtue, like kindness or empathy. She has fans, not friends. So sad.- Marivene

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  14. Well of course it is the parents and most probably the mother doing this. But I'm just not ready to dress our children in sack cloth yet. I have two beautiful grand daughters 5 & 7 who love dress up. When they lived with us each morning Grandma would do their hair to their desire that day. Dresses everyday, hair looking great, this is what little girls do. I'm just a jeans and sweatshirt man and even I know girls love dressing up and looking like girls. Both girls got their ears pierced for Christmas, frankly I don't get the who ear piercing thing but I'm an old guy. I thought that first picture in the article was beautiful. Is it "wrong"? I don't think so. Could it go wrong as in the young lady growing up too soon and doing things she shouldn't? I suppose so but so doesn't facebook, the internet, public school, and everything in modern society cause young girls to grow up too soon. Unless there is evidence of abuse leave the mom and daughter alone they are simply enjoying a harmless and profitable hobby.

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    1. You are blessed to have two beautiful granddaughters. They are like sheep. You are one of their shepherds.

      You and I probably grew up in about the same time. The world was much different two generations ago. Heck, we never even locked our doors at night. That America simply no longer exists.

      Today there are MANY more 'wolves'. 'Shepherding' is almost a lost skill. Your granddaughters are like sheep amongst many wolves. I'd be more concerned about the wolves doing something wrong than your girls.
      Montana Guy

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    2. That has been true since Adam and Eve. Nothing you can do will change it. THAT is EXACTLY why the muslims force their women to wear burkas. Can you really be slip sliding into this belief? Every parent will dislike/regret the decisions their children make as they become able and eager to make those decisions. It is our responsibility to protect our children BUT make no mistake at about age 13 or so THEY will begin to make their own decisions without your consult and the more sheltered they are the less able they will be to make them.

      I recognize that I am somewhat old fashioned. I don't care for ear rings and jewelry, lipstick and makeup, etc. But it is not my place to tell others how to live their lives and dress their children. I think that multiple ear rings and rings through eye brows and lips/noses look disgusting BUT I recognize that is the intent of the wearer to disgust parents/adults and it is a phase they "usually" grow out of.

      The world is full of parents alienated from their children because the parents pushed too hard and protected too much. There is a balance, a very difficult balance to achieve and the parent is NOT the one who decides what that balance is in the end.

      IF you are lucky enough as a parent and grand parent to have children who reach adulthood and are a pure joy and perfect in every way you are SOOOOO lucky.

      My sons and daughter were in scouts and sports. Lots of risks there and lots of time where they are out of your control. That this parent choose "modeling" (I guess that's what it is) and has made it successful is simply their choice. She could have just as easily sent her daughter off to girl scouts or soccer and she would be just as much at risk from strangers.

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  15. Yes, this is a bit nauseating. Children should be allowed to be children. Trouble is, many young girls never grow up! We see and hear them all the time on TV, in movies and radio, talking and acting like they're still 4 or 5 years old. THAT is actually more nauseating to my wife and me. Why can't most Americans just let their kids be kids and stop making them grow up too soon or NEVER grow up? And what about teaching them good Christian values? Almost never see any of that anymore, either! The liberal-progressives are pushing us further and further away from God's morality. The Bible tells us the path to Hell is wide, but the path to Heaven is very narrow. That should tell us something! --Fred in AZ

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  16. Because her confidence is based on what others think of her, her looks and materialism. so sad.

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