Lil’ Miss Menifee
By Derek Obregon
I blame TV for this. There are tons of shows out there that glorify the acts of making a fool out of yourself, partying and becoming beautiful. When kids watch any of these dramas, they think it’s ok to act just like the person on the screen.
While most kids are content with just watching from the couch, some little stars shine a little too bright.
Have you seen the show Toddlers & Tiaras on TLC? It’s a reality show that follows families and contestants around in child beauty pageants to give you a glimpse at what life is like for them.
Although Honey Boo Boo may be one of its biggest stars and capture most of the attention, the Inland Empire has its own queen.
She is three-year-old Bailey Lauritson, or Bailey Shea as she’s known in the pageant world.
She is from Menifee and has starred in a season six episode of Toddlers & Tiaras.
This toddler quickly made her way up the ranks in the pageantry world (considering she’d only been competing for about a year).
Her start began at the Miss Menifee Pageant, where she placed as the first runner-up in a “natural” pageant. The very next day, she took first place in her first “glitz” pageant.
Her personality grabbed the attention of many, and after numerous phone calls and a gaining reputation, Bailey got her shot at TV.
Cameras followed her as she competed in the California Tropic: Sugar and Spice beauty pageant competition in Las Vegas.
Training is hard enough for an adult, but imagine the struggle mom Cora Lauritson and coach Cambrie Littlefield went through trying to keep a three-year-old focused on learning a dance routine in the episode.
Bailey is like any other kid. Sometimes, she just wanted to be left alone, but at other times, she loved the attention of being in the spotlight.
Some people feel that children should not compete, but Cora has no problem with it. “Bailey gets to be with her friends that she’s made over the years and she learns valuable life lessons like working hard for something and being happy even when she doesn’t win.”
It’s uncertain how long Bailey will compete in pageants, but with numerous wins, a print ad and a shoe campaign already under her four-year-old belt, who knows what’s next.