Meet the four-year-old pageant princess with her own gypsy wedding dressmaker who creates 200 outfits she only wears once
00:01 GMT, 8 November 2012
Millie Guy is only four-years-old but she already has a lavish wardrobe bursting at the seams with around 20 outfits created by her very own gypsy wedding dressmaker.
Inspired by U.S. reality TV show Toddlers and Tiaras, Millie's mother, Jessica Guy, 24, has spent thousands entering her youngest daughter in pageants since she started competing in April.
Jessica, who receives benefits for caring for partner Scott Morgan, 34, was aware competition at the pageants would be tough so enlisted the help of gypsy wedding dress maker Anne Taylor to help Millie stand out with her eye-catching creations.
Me and my dressmaker: Millie Morgan, four, with Anne Taylor who created her outfit for the Mini Miss and Little Man Essex pageant
Jessica from Walsall, West Midlands, estimates she has splashed around 4,000 on pageants, a quarter of which paid for Millie's dresses, which include one with a mermaid's tail, a jubilee-inspired Union Jack dress and a costume based on the Only Way Is Essex TV show.
The mother of three said she's happy to pay 200 for a dress, even if Millie only wears it once, because 'it's worth it to be original'.
Lavish wardrobe: Millie, pictured with her mother, Jessica, who has spent thousands on entering her daughter into pageants
Costly: Millie's outfit cost 200 and may only be worn once but Jessica says it's worth it
She said: 'I love the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding look. We wanted Millie's costumes to be as eye-catching as possible, that’s why we went to Anne.
'I wouldn’t dream of letting Millie wear the same outfit twice. As far as I’m concerned, the bigger the better. I've paid 200 just for one dress, but it's worth it to be original.
'I got the idea from watching American show Toddlers and Tiaras, which is about the world of beauty pageants.
Dressing up: The toddler in a ball gown, animal print and Minnie Mouse costume
'Since Anne started making Millie’s outfits all the other mothers at the pageants compliment us on her dresses.'
Since April, Millie has won two pageants and scooped second, third and fourth in others. Jessica hopes it will help her daughter land a lucrative modelling contract.
Jessica spends up to 400 per month on entrance fees, travel and accommodation for her and Millie out of the 2000 she and Scott receive in benefits after he had surgery for a brain tumour six months ago. He loves to travel to watch Millie perform.
Catwalk ready: Millie as a mermaid and in a stripey costume
Champ: Millie with some of her certificates and trophies, her mother hopes she could one day win a modelling contract
Jessica, who is also mother to Olivia, seven, and Bobby, one, met dressmaker Anne four months ago after spotting a friend's child wearing one of her creations and knew she had to enlist her services.
She said: 'Competing in pageants is on my mind constantly. I’m always thinking about what Millie’s going wear. We watch Toddlers and Tiaras together and I tell Millie she needs to copy their poses. I love that no one else has the same costume as Millie because all of hers are one-offs.'
Jessica admits her daughter's hobby is expensive and it has meant she and the rest of the family have had to make sacrifices.
Spoilt for choice: Millie with some of her dresses
American dream: Jessica said she was inspired to get her daughter involved in pageants by the show Toddlers and Tiaras
She said: 'There is a constant cost. You pay for one set of dresses, then you’ve got to pay for the next one. When you start applying diamantes to the outfits, then it gets expensive.
'I buy my clothes from Asda because most of my money goes on Millie – and we have to buy things for the other two so they don’t feel left out.
'We’ve had to downsize our summer holiday this years because of how much I’ve spent. If she can get something out of this for her future, then it will all have been worth it.'
Worth it: Millie has won two pageants and scooped second, third and fourth in others