TLC's Inappropriate Pretty Woman

TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras features a 3-year-old dressed like Julia Roberts' prostitute in Pretty Woman.

Toddlers & Tiaras

TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras has had its share of cringe inducing moments since debuting in 2009. The series features overbearing stage moms slapping everything from acrylic nail applications to spray-on tans onto their kids' bodies in a quest for beauty pageant stardom.

Recently, T&T has upped the creep factor. Last week, a 4-year-old dressed as Dolly Parton, complete with fake breasts. Wednesday night, a 3-year-old will be dressed as Julia Roberts' prostitute in Pretty Woman. Young Paisley will be seen in thigh-high black boots, a white tank top, a tight blue mini skirt and big-blond blonde wig while she sashays across the stage.

The Parents Television Council is not amused.

"We have a serious problem when a network formerly known as The Learning Channel features a toddler, who probably hasn't even learned to read, dressed as a prostitute showing off her sexy strut," said Melissa Henson, director of communications and public education for the Parents Television Council, in a statement to SheKnows.com. "There's no question, TV executives are complicit in robbing these small kids of their childhood."

The PTC contends that dressing your kid like Julia Roberts' "pretty woman" will be damaging later on.

"For years we've seen adult sexuality being inappropriately and aggressively foisted on innocent young children, but children today are being sexualized at younger and younger ages," Henson said. "All available data suggests they will suffer for it later in life."

TLC, which was formerly known as The Learning Channel, declined to comment.

A stage mom on the episode does provide some perspective in a teaser for the episode, which you can view below.

"Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman as a prostitute," she says. "I would never ever do that to my little girl. Ever! Us pageant moms already take a huge rap for what we're doing to our little girls and it's outfits like that that give us a bad rap."

The Pretty Woman episode airs 10 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 8) on TLC.

Photo courtesy of TLC

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Comments on "3-year-old dresses like a hooker on TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras"

What's Next August 23, 2012 | 3:25 PM

As a father of three adult daughters, I say let little girls be little girls and let them have fun with trying to put on make-up. But I do have an issue with any parent getting young girls involved in competition such as "Toddlers and Tiaras" where the girls are made up to extremes. Most mothers that involve their daughters in these types of shows or "pageants" seem to be very insecure in their own appearance and are trying to live out their childhood fantasies through their children. All the make-up in the world isn't going to make the mothers any more secure, or weigh any less.

luv2shop99 September 13, 2011 | 7:24 PM

that whole show is terrible. Those parents are very superficial and making their poor children inot monsters. Fake teeth, hair, tans. In my opinion they are telling their child they aren't good enough unless they put on all that 'fake' stuff. those kids are actually very scary looking all made up.

Brandi Legere September 13, 2011 | 5:54 PM

Sick,sick,sick.My daughter won't be watching that show anymore!

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