Six-Year-Old Star of ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ Retiring

It’s hard to believe that a 6-year-old could be retiring from her life-long career, but it’s true. Eden Wood of Toddlers & Tiaras is hanging up her tiara. Perhaps this is a good thing.

According to E! Online, Annette Hill, a director of a beauty pageant in Texas, stated that Wood is actually “past beauty pageants right now” and ready for a different career. What career may that be? Recording, according to the article. Well, at least it gets her out of the limelight while she’s in the studio. But is her voice grown up enough for it?

The show is a popular reality show that airs on TLC and just returned for its third season. It’s a controversial show, as many people feel that these little girls are being exploited and are way too young to be exposed in this way. “What could these parents be thinking?” is aDiadem general reaction to the show. Blogger Monica Bielanko let her thoughts and feelings come through in her latest posting on babble.com, stating “this . . . should be illegal.” Bielanko is definitely not alone in her thoughts. The idea of dressing your toddler up to look like she should be in her ’20s is outrageous. If you’ve seen any of the episodes, you’ve noticed the girls having temper tantrums with their mothers wanting to know why they’re acting up. Why do you think? They’re exhausted! They’re too young for this!

Apparently, though, there are those out there that feel the show is not harmful to the girls, and that the girls love it. According to an interview with TV Guide, Wood’s mother, Mickie, doesn’t understand why people don’t get it. “As long as Eden is happy, I don’t care,” she stated in the interview. Mickie explained that she was outgoing as a kid and loved being in the spotlight, and now so does Eden. She thinks as long as Eden is happy, that’s all that matters. Perhaps she’s right, but there’s still the argument that maybe not all of the girls are.

What it really comes down to is whether the mothers of these girls are doing what their child wants, or what they want. There is also the question of age-appropriateness. Is 1- or 2-years old too young to be subjecting your child, who can’t really state if this is what she wants or not, to this spotlight? Only time will tell as these girls begin to grow up and make their decisions for themselves.

If you’re interested in seeing Eden in her final pageant, catch Toddlers & Tiaras Wednesdays at 10/9c on TLC.

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