A former "Toddlers & Tiaras" star is a millionaire at the ripe old age of six
, thanks to her many pageant victories, TV appearances, magazine shoots, makeup, and jewelry lines.
Isabella Barrett of Rhode Island is in first grade, loves Justin Bieber, and playing dress-up, but the 6-year-old is also a burgeoning entrepreneur. Barrett co-created Glitzy Girl, a kids' line of makeup and jewelry, with her mom Susanna.
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"What's not to like about being a millionaire?" Barrett told the Daily Mirror. "I'm a superstar, I have my own jewelry line and I love being the boss. But what I love more than anything is shoes. I have over 60 pairs."
According to U.S. law, Susanna and Antonio Barrett must save a percentage of Isabella's income — money she will not be allowed to touch until she is at least 18 — but that doesn’t stop her parents from letting their daughter splurge.
"She can go a little crazy though and once ordered $2,200 worth of food," Susanna Barrett, Isabella's mom, told the Mirror. "It’s never cheeseburgers and fries, always the most expensive like filet mignon and lobster. I know it seems pompous, but to us it’s just funny and part of her personality."
Barrett was featured on TLC's "Toddlers & Tiaras,"
a reality program that showcases the competitive world of child pageants. The show has been a target for critics who say the show objectifies and oversexualizes toddlers. One episode featured a toddler dressed as the Julia Roberts streetwalking prostitute from "Pretty Woman," while another paraded around as Dolly Parton, complete with her signature cleavage.
"Children adorned with pageantry identities are not 'playing' or 'pretending,'" a court-appointed psychologist wrote in a report used in a child custody case involving one of the show's parents. "Instead, they are trained to closely resemble their adult counterparts. Their makeup transforms five or six year old faces to that of women in their twenties or thirties and is not something for playtime."
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