DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
IHAD fairly low expectations of Little Miss Perfect, and they were largely met. It’s not the circus that Toddlers and Tiaras is, a show for some reason I didn’t even enjoy as a spectacle. And I really thought I would.
Maybe it’s because I’m not interested in hearing from children on television. I just don’t find them entertaining.
You’ll see tonight in the interview portion of the Little Miss Perfect pageant just how dull they can be.
These girls are aged between five and nine, so no great surprise there. The other categories they’re judged on are Wow Wear, which entails them dressing up in some sort of costume, and Evening Gown. Yes, evening gown. Guess it would be pervy if they had a swimsuit section.
The pageant director
is Michael Galanes, who is a bit fabulous. ‘‘ The mums think I’m a god, pretty much, and bow to me regularly. Until they lose, then I’m the devil.’’
We follow two little girls each week and tonight it’s Ashley Ramkissoon, 8, and Brandi Jean Pipkin, 9, both from Florida.
Brandi Jean seems nice, keeps it all in perspective. So does her mother, more or less, given how some of them are.
Compare and contrast Ashley’s mother, who shows us how much her daughter loves ‘‘ pageantry’’ by getting her to demonstrate the difference between a fake smile and a real smile. See if you can tell them apart.
‘‘ I think that pageant mums have gotten a bad rep because they want to know why are we dressing our children up, why are we doing this,’’ Tina Ramkissoon says, ‘‘ but for a pageant mum it’s no different than any other sport . . . It’s no different than putting makeup on your daughter for cheerleading competition and letting her wear a little short skirt. There is no difference. I guess you would think we were doing something wrong if you have an ugly child.’’ Little Miss Perfect LifeStyle You, 8.30pm
Host: Michael Galanes