Toddlers & Tiaras 8 Seasons 2009

Season 1
(43) IMDb 4.7/10

9. Darling Divas TV-G CC

Brooklyn, NY is the home of the Darling Divas pageant where your inner diva shines! Little princess, Paige, 4, does some unusual preparation with a chiropractic adjustment but it's pageant pro, Essence, 6, who steals the show with her Tina Turner routine.

Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
April 14, 2009

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Reality TV
Season year 2009
Network TLC
Producers Dominique Anders, Erin Brindley, Michael Heyerman, Camie Holmes, Lauren Lexton, Shannon McMahon, Mary Morelli, Suzanne Pate, Will Pisnieski, Tom Rogan, Dena Salman
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64 of 79 people found the following review helpful By baygirl431 on May 9, 2012
This show is a disgrace. I can't believe that this society has sunk so low that emotional abuse inflicted on exploited children is now fodder for reality TV. It gets a one star rating, because there is nothing lower and rating it is the only way to keep this trash, or anything like it, from being suggested to me.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By miniquilter on March 2, 2011
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I do love this show. Wow.

It is a show with various seasons of train wrecks. Watch in small doses.

If you ever thought doll collectors were weird with their realistic child dolls that they dress in more adult apparel and pretend have lives- and I am talking about the non-skanky ones (not touching the others).... this is a flotilla of shows to expose a whole new realm of crazy.

Doll collectors at least stick with inanimate objects to focus their fetishes on.

This is a series of shows about people who spend oodles and oodles of money and time to basically capture a pretend moment of time that their child is a living doll and is just absolutely "perfect." In ways normal children shall never be.

I find the mothers WAYYYYY more entertaining than the children.

The children are children- more or less. They are trained to be the way they are. They act in ways that get them attention from their families.

This is actually a hobby and contest for the MOTHERS. Okay a few fathers but it is mostly the moms pushing this weirdness.

The make-up, the dresses, the "routines" for talent, the tantrums, the various antics.... those all blend together after awhile. It is the justifications and manipulations of the mothers and a few fathers that make me compelled to watch this show.

Live in a shabbier house to buy yet another sparkly dress? Why not?

Lie to your spouse as to the true cost of things? Always.

Spray tans? Flippers? Fake hair? Fake nails? All to show the "natural" beauty within? Sure. (Although I did learn that some rather ugly children can look gorgeous in an odd way with enough paint and fake hair. I am not a fan of looking too mature for the actual age.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By FloridaCoast on August 12, 2011
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I'm not big on reality shows. What kind of person sits in ftont of the TV and watched junk like Ax Men and shows about repo businesses? Buying a warehouse to hope someone left the Holy Grail in one? However this show is more about psychology, to me, than anything else.
I have been a little involved in pageants, adult ones. I don't have kids. I do know that there are achievement pageants where looks aren't the big factor, and kids' pageants where makeup is not allowed, or where talent and personality determines the winner. Harmless. I don't see a big problem with the glitz pageants, the ones with girls in full makeup, wigs, and $5000 dresses. I do see a big potential for problems with the glitzy ones though. If she WANTS to do it, you can afford it, and you reinforce that winning isn't everything fine.
The moms on T&T however have serious personality problems. From what we see here, pageant moms are histrionic and narcissistic to the point of torture. Many of them are quite overweight, and living through their daughters. The moms force the girls to do all this, go into bankruptcy so little Ashley can get a trophy, and many times the poor fathers are too scared to get in mom's way! Moms have always had that "My child is this or that" "My child won such and such" attitudes. What makes this disturbing is how moms here teach their girls that looks are everything, money buys a pageant win, and step on everyone else.
I'm not about to lump all pageants together. The glitzy child ones are different and can be damaging, but that's up to the parent.
If you've never caught an episode you may find they are hard to NOT watch. You find yourself wanting to see which vile mom loses the contest, since this is mom vs mom.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dave's Film Review on March 11, 2010
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Everyone needs to watch this show to see a whole segment of society that is truly tragic. Great study material for students of human behavior. A definite must-see!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Larissa on December 28, 2012
You'll hear the phrase "Total Package" so many times that you'll become immune to it. The fact that it's being used in relation to a child doesn't seem to bother either the parents or the pageant coordinators.

From the get go, it's obvious to everyone but the parents that the pageants are a scam. Everyone "wins" or "places." The crowning system is some bizarre set of rules where no one really goes home a loser but where the "Queen" of each "division" is also not a winner. There's a set of "supreme" crowns and a grouping of "Ultimate" crowns which is the "winner" of the entire pageant. Oh, whatever. It sounds like a set of prizes a couple of five year olds made up.

You can't really compete in a full "Glitz" pageant unless you have a "cupcake" dress, the proper hair pieces, full make up, a fake spray on tan, glamour and retouched photos and other accouterments but your total prize will more than likely be only $1000. Never mind that the cost of preparing for a pageant will more than likely run you more than $5000 and lots of prep time.

The pageants reward and judge on beauty as it's the only area that cannot be dropped. Beauty is finite and transitory. The parents are both turning their children into monsters and leaving their children with no usable skills once their children's beauty ages out. The most appalling thing here is hearing the parents justify the waste of time and excuse the emphasis on "beauty."

Furthermore, the "modeling" routines these children are taught are both cartoonish and ghoulish. It's a sick, incestuous training wherein coaches teach them the same ridiculous poses they used as children that in turn make the children look almost clownish on stage and no one stops it.
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