It may be all for a good cause, but the beauty pageant in which Leah Messer’s twin daughters will be competing is similar in many ways to the glitz-and-drama events featured in Toddlers & Tiaras.
Entry fees, expensive dresses, spray-tans, hairpieces and more are all part of the pageant scene, and Leah will have to go all out if she wants Ali and Aleeah to win one of the coveted “Supreme” titles.
On February 11, the girls will do their best to wow the judges at the Valentine’s Pageant in Charleston, WV. The competition is divided by age (including a category for “19-21 Never Married”), but all categories are eligible for the top title of High Point Supreme.
According to the official pageant coordinator’s site, the entrants will be judged on “facial beauty, stage presence, poise, grace and overall appearance.” Each contestant will automatically get a small trophy, crown and sash, but higher level winners receive larger trophies and the High Point Supremes may take home a cash prize.
Here’s what Leah will – and could – be doing as a pageant mom:
- Paying lots of entry fees. Just to get in, she paid $75 for each girl. If she also wants them to compete in the optional “Outfit of Choice” segment, it’s an additional $25. To be eligible for an “Overall” title (Overall Most Beautiful, Overall Most Photogenic, etc.), that’s another $25; to enter a picture in the “Glitz Photogenic Contest,” it’s $5 per picture. That’s a grand total of $260 before the girls even go on stage! (Proceeds benefit St. Jude’s Hospital.)
- Drumming up business. If Leah wants to save money, she can ask family and friends to buy sponsored $1 “Good Luck Wishes.” Entrants who collect 125 wishes will have their entry fee paid and take home an extra trophy.
- Buying blinged-out wardrobes. For the main portion of the pageant, the girls can wear “Sunday’s Best dress and/or Glitz,” and if they participate in Outfit of Choice, they have to don “Valentine’s Day themed wear, either custom made or off the rack.” Leah’s mom, Momma Dawn, has already put out the word on Twitter asking for donated dresses. But if none turn up, they’ll need to go shopping. The specially made gowns you see on Toddlers & Tiaras can go for as much as $500 to $1,500 and more, depending on the style and decoration. And remember – Leah has two pageant princesses!
- Getting the girls dolled up. In this pageant, spray tans, hairpieces and false-teeth “flippers” are permitted. Other glitz pageants require makeup – the more, the better.
And though it’s not mentioned in the entry form, anyone who’s seen the pageant reality shows knows that Leah may have her hands full on the day itself. Ali and Aleeah are still only 2, after all, and at that age, meltdowns, fatigue and stage fright are common.
Please, Leah, tell us that you won’t become one of those moms who doses her kids with Pixy Stix and throws a hissy fit when they don’t win a Supreme title!
[Photo: via Twitter]
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