WATCH: Pageant Mom Calls Daughter’s Hooker Costume ‘Comical’

Remember that episode of Toddlers and Tiaras from a few months ago where one of the mothers dressed her 3-year-old as Julia Roberts lovable hooker character in Pretty Woman? Months later, she still can’t believe how much flak she got, and went on national television this week to clarify that the costume was just that: a costume.

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With a new season of Todders and Tiaras on its way to TLC, Good Morning America delved into toddler pageant culture and asked Wendy Dickey, mother of the little girl whose hooker costume made the nation cringe, about what it was like having people accuse her of sexualizing her daughter Paige at such a young age. Dickey says she was just trying to have a laugh.

I had no idea that it would go that far. It was comical — it was meant to be comical. The outfit was not sexy, it was tacky and hideous and it was comical. It was nothing more than a costume.

No woman in her right mind is going to try to sexualize her 3-year-old daughter.

Maybe not — maybe they would just call it something else. Paige recently attended a pageant in New York channelling Lady Gaga with a character called Lady PaiPai, for which she wears an off-shoulder top and plays a small piano. Less risque than thigh-high boots and a mini-skirt, but still pretty over-the-top territory for someone who probably doesn’t have a full command of their ABCs quite yet.

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Still, the show’s still on the air — and the new season promises just as many meltdowns and tantrums and spray tans as the ones that came before it. Whether any of the new moms will dress their daughters up like prostitutes, however, remains to be seen. The new season starts tonight.

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