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10 former child beauty pageant contestants share the ugly things that happened behind the scenes.

10 former child beauty pageant contestants share the ugly things that happened behind the scenes.

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The only thing in the world more dangerous than a Stage Mom is a Pageant Mom.

Former beauty queens who survived the pageant circuit shared their stories of the drama that goes on backstage under the clouds of hairspray, and it was ironically the only page on Reddit that wasn't full of JonBenét Ramsey jokes.

Not every toddler with a tiara ends up with a spinoff like Honey Boo Boo Child—some people simply end up with a trophy shelf and emotional trauma, and they're full of cautionary tales. The pageant moms are out for blood. And trophies.

1. averym88 kept it real, and then was injured on stage.

when i was about four my mom put me in a pageant. she refused to put any makeup on me, put me in clothes from the gap, and kept me all natural. i ended up winning against all the glitzy little girls and when the announcer pulled me off stage - he popped my shoulder out of my socket and i had to go to the emergency room. they invited me back but my mom was furious and i never did them again.

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