Another Toddlers & Tiaras show, another controversy!
In the latest episode of TLC’s hit series a mother encourages her four-year-old daughter to pose with a fake cigarette on stage.
Channeling Sandy from Grease in a leather motorcycle jacket, the youngster performed her pageant routine with a thin cylinder, resembling a roll of tobacco, held firmly between her lips.
“Don’t forget to smoke,” her mother cooed from sidelines as several audience members.
“Destiny has a cigarette – what is she thinking?!” one of the judges exclaimed.
However her mother Lisa remained unfazed insisting that, just like the character from Grease, her daughter was using the cigarette to look “cool”.
“Sandy comes out and throws down a cigarette so Destiny’s going to do that,” she said.
“We feel like that’s a part of acting and it’s part of the routine so we’ve added it in there and I believe she will do just fine with it.
“You know Sandy was a good girl, she didn’t smoke either but she used it for image.”
Lisa also reassured viewers that the cigarette was not real and she would “definitely not give my child a real cigarette”.
Despite judges deducting points for use of an “inappropriate prop” Destiny still won Personality Supreme.