June “Mama June” Shannon shared the adorable picture on the left with followers of the official Honey Boo Boo Facebook fan page. “Cause everyone has asked me, this is Alana at six weeks,” she explained.
Alana, of course, is Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, June’s youngest daughter/reality TV sensation. At 7, Alana is quite a bit bigger and now sports blond curls, but her face hasn’t changed that much since then. Her FB followers (who number nearly 700,000) must have been thrilled to see this early glimpse of their favorite child pageant queen.
June, who has become a celeb in her own right, also sat down with The Huffington Post the other day to discuss her honest opinions of everything from her guilty pleasures to her silliest lie.
So what does this “beautimous” mom of four consider her guiltiest pleasure? Watching reality shows. “Not just ours,” she clarifies. “We love Cake Boss and most TLC programming.” Clipping tons of coupons and saving big is another pleasure in which she happily indulges. “As I said on the show, saving money can sometimes be better than sex.”
But she does admit to playing a bit fast and loose with the truth when she discusses her spending habits with her boyfriend Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, Honey Boo Boo’s dad. “There are times when he’s asked about how much pageants cost,” she explains. “I’ll lie and tell him it’s less, because I think it’s important to spend the money on Alana and do what makes her happy.”
Success definitely hasn’t gone to June’s head. Even though the family is rumored to be earning a tidy sum from the show, they’re not using the money for four-star dinners. June says one of her recent dinners consisted of pork chops coated in Shake ‘N’ Bake, with corn and mac ‘n’ cheese on the side.
And while she’s proud to be Southern (her favorite movies are Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes), Mama June bristles at those who trash her family’s down-home ways. “I…don’t like it when people call us trailer trash,” she says. “We don’t represent rednecks, Southerners or the state of Georgia. We just represent our family.”
Maybe there’s something to be said about living the simple life of ‘sketti and mud bogging. June says that there’s nothing she hasn’t accomplished yet in her life, and she has wise advice to offer to her four daughters:
“Don’t care what anyone says about you and always be confident with who you are. Be happy with yourself and don’t try to please other people.”
Gotta say it…Mama June and her unique family could kinda become a guilty pleasure for me. How about you?
[Photos: via TLC, Facebook]
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