'Sometimes I do get hungry': The girls as young as four who are put on strict diets by their ambitious pageant moms
On last night's episode of Toddlers and Tiaras, the mothers of two contestants in Hot Springs, Arkansas, revealed that they had put their daughters on diets to improve their chances of winning the beauty pageants.
Both eight-year-old Ever Rose and four-year-old Adriana were made to follow strict regimes set by their parents so that they could fit into their glitzy dresses and impress the judges.
Ever Rose's mother explained to TLC's cameras: 'You don't get as good of a score if your dress doesn't fit good.'
Curbed! Ever Rose and her mother discuss her calorie-controlled diet and and how losing 10lbs has improved her dance skills and routines
Describing the way she controlled her daughter's eating habits she said: 'Several weeks before the pageant we kind of start watching a little more what we eat to make sure that our clothes fit well.' This meant restricting her star performer to 1600 calories a day.
eight-year-old explained that she really wanted to win and so accepted the sacrifices she would need to make. 'I need
to watch what I eat but sometimes I do get hungry,' she confessed.
Ever Rose's mother admitted that dietary restraint wasn't easy in their household since she comes from a
long line of cooks and is always making pies and cakes.
Uh oh: Ever Rose lost so much weight her pink dress was too big. Her alarmed mother used eye-lash glue to hold it in place so she didn't lose points for having an ill-fitting costume
the good stuff tends to add the weight,' she said but added, 'You don't
want to be mean and say you can't have it but we don't eat the whole
In one scene, the youngster tucked into a 'good luck' pie while her mother watched, clearly a little nervous.
'Now, Ever Rose, remember this is your treat for doing good,' she
At the time of filming Ever Rose had already lost 10lbs which her mother said made her dance
moves and routines easier. Ever Rose agreed revealing: 'Now I can do my
back bend kick-up.'
Breathe in! Four-year-old Adriana is only allowed to eat salads and has lost 4lbs. Much to the youngster's dismay, her dress was still too tight
But while slimming down was all part of her mother's plan, when the miniature beauty queen slipped into her pink fairy dress for the contest, it appeared to be too big.
Concerned by the bagginess of the gown her mother changed tack, telling her: 'You gotta quit losing all that weight, Ever Rose. You gonna be tiny as I don't know what and you'll have to get a new dress.'
Luckily family friend, Kim, was on hand to help. On discovering they had no Butt Paste or double-sided
tape, she suggested eyelash glue as an effective way to stick the dress
to the child and achieve a more figure-hugging look.
It's not all bad: Ever Rose's mother let's her eat some 'good luck' cake as a treat for being good
Four-year-old Adriana's mother meanwhile, prayed to cameras that her daughter's brand new, canary yellow, sequined dress fit her.
She has had the four-year-old on a strict diet of salads and so far she has lost 4lbs.
However the pint-sized performer was discouraged to find the dress was still too small.
'[It's] tight,' she said. 'So I want you to take it off.'
Her mother assured fans of the TLC show: 'I will do whatever it takes to get her to where she needs to be. I would love for her to be discovered.'