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Four year old's fake breasts spark outrage

With fake breasts and buttocks, this 4-year-old toddler is already pushed into adult world upon her mother's insistence. She's one of the participants of a US reality show - Toddlers and Tiaras, where she is made to look like a...

entertainment Updated: Sep 02, 2011 14:05 IST
Hindustan Times

While a regular 4-year-old might not even be acquainted to the adult's world, this toddler is seen sporting fake breasts and buttocks and behaving like a 20-year-old, in order to be the judge's favourite in a US reality show, Toddlers and Tiaras.

While other toddlers on the show look their age, the 'unnatural' portrayal has sparked an outrage. Social media is abuzz with discussions whether such acts would have a bad influence on kids and youngsters.

The campaigners have even set up a Facebook group, 'Take "Toddlers And Tiaras" off the Air!' in a bid to have the plug pulled on the show.

One fan, Teresa Spence Bruce commented: 'I just saw a commercial where they strapped silicone breast to a 4-5 yr old absolutely disgusting.'

Maddy Jackson, 4, the toddler who sported fake breaks and buttocks on the insistence of her mother doesn't probably even know what she's wearing and mimicing country singer Dolly Parton in the reality show. The toddler sported a detachable bust and butt enhancements, before performing on stage.

When questioned on NBC's Today show, her mother Lindsay, who entered her first pageant contest when she was nine months old, defends the enhancements used by her daughter, reports Daily Mail. She tells presenter Savannah Guthrie: "To some people, it's over the top, to us it's just what happens... It's just normal. When she wears the fake boobs and the fake butt, it's just like extra bonus."

Her mother goes on to add that it's just like wearing artificial hair. She told the tabloid: "With anything people are going to think things are over the top but with gymnastics or dance or competitive cheer-leading you wear hair, you wear make up."

While it's shocking to hear something like this from a mother, others are not convinced with this kind of portrayal for toddlers.

Interviewed backstage at the competition, Maddy's stylist said: "I wasn’t a big fan of the outfit with the boobs in it. She’s very young, but hopefully the judges will perceive it in good taste."

First Published: Sep 02, 2011 12:53 IST