Dallas family to be featured on pageant TV show
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July 23, 2012 01:02 AM | 8540 views | 9 9 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bella Noelle Winkowski of Dallas will be featured on an upcoming episode of ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ on TLC. <br> Photo by Greg Cuson
Bella Noelle Winkowski of Dallas will be featured on an upcoming episode of ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ on TLC.
Photo by Greg Cuson
DALLAS — Dallas 2-year-old Bella Noelle Winkowski, daughter of Juliet and Kevin Winkowski, is to be featured on Wednesday’s episode of “Toddlers & Tiaras” on cable’s TLC.

The episode is scheduled for 9 p.m.

The toddler’s parents submitted her to be on the show, and she was cast at 24 months, her mother said.

“She will be one of the youngest to be featured, so we were really surprised when we got it,” said Juliet Winkowski.

The episode follows Bella and other young beauty queens at the “Out of This World” pageant in Darien that was presented last March.

Some have criticized child pageants and the show for alleged exploitation of the young contestants, but Winkowski said she and her husband keep everything age-appropriate for their daughter.

“We always put her in age-appropriate outfits,” she said. “She was a one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people-eater for this pageant, since it was space-themed.”

Winkowski said the show was “very scripted.”

“A lot of the situations were very set-up. They asked if we were ever late to pageants, and we said no, so they set up a situation where they made it look like we were late and wouldn’t let her get on stage,” she said. “You have to take everything that happens on the show with a grain of salt.”

Winkowski said the show did not pay for any pageant fees and did not pay them any royalties.

“It probably cost us more money than it was worth, because we hadn’t planned on doing that pageant until we got the call from TLC,” Winkowski said. “But we had a lot of fun doing it. Bella even has fans in other countries sending her teddy bears. All of these little kids in Brazil idolize her.”

Bella has been doing pageants since she was 15 weeks old, her mother said.

“My stepdaughter actually came home from school one day and told us she wanted to be in a fundraiser pageant when she was 10,” Winkowski said. “I was kind of like, ‘We’re not pageant people,’ but we kind of got into it and put Bella in, and she won everything. We’ve been doing them ever since.”

Bella has participated in about 50 pageants and has won 43 to 45 times, her mother said. But Bella did not win the pageant in which she was filmed for the show, Winkowski said.

Crews filmed everything the family did at their house for two long days in the week leading up to the pageant. Her stepdaughter, Shelle, 13, and son, Brennan, 11, also were filmed.

Winkowski said while the toddler seems to love being in pageants, they would never force her to do them. Bella is now taking a break and sticking to gymnastics.
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Love Little Bella
July 29, 2012
We watched and loved little Bella. I see nothing wrong with this Family. Any critics that were "at the pageant" must not have every done little league, soccer, or cherrleading. The parents are MUCH worse. If this little bit of drama upsets you, maybe you should put your child in the closet and learn not to complain. I agree that ANY reality show is scripted, have you never heard of editing?

July 26, 2012
What I would worry about is all the nasty old men, petafiles, perverts that definitely are watching these "shows". The poor little innocent toddlers and children think all people with the TV show are family and that they are safe. But look what happened to Jon Benet Ramsey. There is no amount of money I would do this for. Plus, this family said they had to pay for the whole thing! Jon Benet Ramsey's father said he really regretted having put his child in beauty contests
Another pageant mom
July 25, 2012
I was at this pageant and have beem to several other Toddlers and Tiaras pageants. This lady is a liar! It is NOT scripted. No one could script that kid of craziness. It happened just like the other mom said. They were called several times and then tried to run over everyone to get on stage. PLUS you have to send in an audition video to be considered, T&T does not just contact people and ask them to be on the show.
shock n awe
July 25, 2012
This family was crazy I was with my daughter at the same pageant in her same group. The Emcee and lady working backstage called for them several times, then the father (bully) wanted to run over me and my child to get in line for group lineup. When asked to please wait until the stairs cleared out, the father lost it and showed his behind. What a sad mess! It ruined our day and scared my 2 yr old to pieces. I love pageants but I do not think we will be at one where they are filming again!
Lib in Cobb
July 25, 2012
The parents of all these little girls are "pimpin" their daughters for a cheesey looking purpose which will eventually have a negative impact on them.

Shame on you Juliet and Kevin Winkowski and shame on all the parents who participate is this meat market of an enterprise.
Pageant Mom
July 25, 2012
I just love how people are so quick to judge pageant girls & their families. Most of the girls that do pageants that I know love it. I have a 20 month old who absolutely loves the stage she lights up everytime she gets out there & she most definitely is NOT forced. I don't agree with some of the outfit choices however for the most part most pageant people keep it pretty tasteful.
July 23, 2012
I have seen this show a few times while on the treadmill at the gym (I don't own a TV at home). It is pretty creepy, but I am very glad to hear that most of the "drama" is scripted and does not represent everything that really happens. Otherwise it would be just too weird.
concerned momma
July 23, 2012
this is sickening....
July 23, 2012
poor kid
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