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Published 2022-05-04
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She Had The World At Her Fingertips. Toddler's & Tiara's Star Dead At 16 After Suicide.

The famed TV show Toddlers and Tiara’s ran on TLC for seven seasons and looked into the world of child beauty pageants. Yet as it was entertaining for some, it was also quite controversial for others. Despite the fact that the show ended in 2016, with 7 seasons, there has been a lot of talk about it in recent days. All because one of the past contestants, now 16-year-old Kailia Posey had died, after committing suicide. What do we know about the teen? What has her life been like after the show? And what caused the show to be so controversial? Read on to find out.

Kailia On Toddlers And Tiaras

Posey had appeared in several episodes of the hit TLC series Toddlers and Tiaras. She had made her debut in 2012 when she was 5-years-old in an episode titled California Tropic Arizona. In an episode of the show that aired in 2016, Kalia’s mother had said that she started competing in pageants when she was only 3-years-old. In the clip, she said, “She’s a pro when she hits the stage. She’ll say she’s nervous, but once she hits that stage, she’s a pro.”

Viral Meme Queen

But besides being known for her pageant skills and winning several awards, most internet users might recognize the teen from her debut appearance on the TLC show which had been made in a viral gif. It was of an adorable teen who was grinning for the confessional camera and one that had circulated over the internet over the last decade.

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Life After Toddlers and Tiaras

From her Instagram it is clear that the teen continued to compete in pageants into her teens, often sharing behind-the-scenes moments on her Instagram. As per her page, her most recent participation was in the Miss Teen Washington contest in February. But she had other hidden talents, such as being a highly-skilled contortionist which she often showed off during competition, and which also allowed her to perform with Cirque du Soleil. But it wasn’t just cirque and pageant performances that she had a talent for but also acting. In 2018 she took on the role of Agnes in the Netflix movie “Eli.” Where plans for the future were concerned, the teen who just attended her high school prom, had plans to attend college to study aviation and become a commercial airline pilot.

Dead At 16

The story of the teens passing was first broken by TMZ. They had announced that on Monday, May 2nd the teen had died in Washington. The news was revealed to the public by her mother who took to social media to post, “I don't have words or any thoughts. A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever.”

Cause Of Death

While at first the cause of death was not revealed but later the family spoke with TMZ and revealed that the 16-year-old ended her life. Speaking with the publication they said: “Although she was an accomplished teenager with a bright future ahead of her, unfortunately in one impetuous moment, she made the rash decision to end her earthly life." No further information was given as to what could have driven Kailia to end her life. They have since set up a fund at the Whatcom Community Foundation in her name. Its goal is to provide resources to help students in crisis.

Toddlers and Tiara’s Criticism

Since the very beginning, the TLC show has been cloaked in controversy. Much distaste for the show had come from the concerns about whether the popularization of such shows was feeding into the mothers’ desire for attention. Others had voiced concerns about the insensitivity of filming and then televising kids in the middle of meltdowns or temper tantrums. One of the stars that got the most criticism was none other than Honey Boo Boo. The family had faced much criticism over the years and among those things was giving Honey a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull which they called Go Go Juice. If you want to know other criticism they had faced be sure to check out our video.

Sexualizing Children

Though some had pointed out that while some think that child beauty pageants are just a chance for little girls to play dress-up, there are also those who think it is a training ground for superficial, self-centered women in the making. And those also agree that such shows sexualize toddlers, one of the reasons being the fact that back in 2011 TLC released footage of a 3-year-old contestant dressed as the prostitute played by Julia Roberts in the 1990 film "Pretty Woman. Others had also brought up the murder of JonBenét Ramsey as a reason why such competitions are dangerous for little girls.

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