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Toddlers & Tiaras is an American reality television series on TLC. The series debuted on January 27, 2009. The pilot for the series aired on September 7, 2008. The series follows the families of contestants in child beauty pageants.
Toddlers & Tiaras is now broadcast on DMAX in the United Kingdom.
The show has come under controversy over the costumes. In a August 2012 custody hearing surrounding a child on the show, a court appointed psychologist said, "Children adorned with pageantry identities are not ?playing' or ?pretending.' Instead, they are trained to closely resemble their adult counterparts." One mother on the show was criticized for padding her daughter's chest to resemble Dolly Parton's and another was criticized for asking her daughter to smoke fake cigarettes on stage. Sherri Shepherd said on The View, "Your job is to protect your child ? if you don't think pedophiles are watching this show, I have a bridge I want to sell you."
A spin-off series, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, began on August 8, 2012. The series is a show mainly about Alana Thompson, her parents and elder sisters, and their lives unrelated to pageants.