‘Toddlers and Tiaras‘ Star Eden Wood Really Likes Her Shoes
What do you interview a six-year-old about? Shoes, apparently. Or at least, that’s what you do if you’re interviewing Eden Wood of ‘Toddlers and Tiaras.’
Clearly I should have asked Toddlers and Tiaras star Eden Wood about her shoe collection when I interviewed her at the Cicciabella show during Fashion Week, because apparently that’s all she likes to talk about. Somehow, WWD managed to coax way more than a couple of sullen yeses and nos out of the pint-sized pageant queen in an interview that came out this week using shoes as the primary topic of conversation. To be honest, I wasn’t even aware that six-year-olds had this many opinions when it came to shoes, but evidently they do.
So what does Little Miss Eden think about shoes? Well, for starters, she owns more pairs than she can count, and her favorite shopping spot is “anywhere there is a shoe rack.” With regards to pageant shoes, she quotes her momager Mickie as saying “You name it, we’ve tried,” and if they can’t find just the right pair of shoes to go with an outfit, Mickie will “paint and bling out a [plain] pair of shoes.” One time this involved spray-painting a pair of miniature go-go boots gold.
Wait a minute: A six-year-old in go-go boots? Does she have one of those cages go-go dancers tend to spend their time hanging out in too?
Of course, I really shouldn’t be surprised by this anymore, should I? After this season’s Dolly Parton and Pretty Woman incidents, go-go boots are tame by comparison. But something about interviewing a first-grader still makes me go “Whaaa?”
I think it’s mostly this: sentences like “You know my mama will have me dressed fashionista-fabulous. She will probably have feathers on my shoes. She sure has them on everything else [I wear]” really squick me out. I mean, take a moment to read that one out loud. Does it sound like the words of six-year-old? Or even the words of a particularly precocious six-year-old? Not really, and Eden isn’t especially precocious. It sounds like something her momager might have said, which has then been tailored to come across as more kid-friendly.
I know Eden has a pretty inflated sense of her own importance—this fact has become apparent over the years of Toddlers and Tiaras—but I can’t help but wonder what all this is going to do to her as she grows older. Did anyone see that hilarious Funny or Die video that was making the Internet rounds last week? The one where Ashley Tisdale (for whom I now have newfound respect) was playing alternate Toddlers and Tiaras favorite Mackenzie at the age of 25? Now, granted, Eden has already retired from pageants, so the exact scenario depicted in that sketch probably won’t come true. (Also, there’s no way a pageant would allow a 25-year-old to compete in the 4-to-6-year-old bracket anyway, but let’s assume that’s a given). But is it possible that she could get stuck in this entitled pageant princess mindset? Yes. It’s Baby June from Gypsy all over again.
Of course, it’s entirely possible that I may be overthinking this whole thing way too much. Catch the entire interview over at WWD. Sometimes a shoe is just a shoe.
…Or is it?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.