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    Toddler Eden Wood has competed in beauty pageants since she was 1. The 4-year-old is featured in the TLC hit "Toddlers and Tiaras," which follows young pageant contestants and their parents. The second season premiere airs Wednesday night.
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    Eden's mother, Mickie Wood, decided to get her daughter involved in pageants in order to prevent her from being shy. She hoped her only child would find a love for the stage and singing, just as she had when she was younger. And if that didn't happen, Wood believed this would help her daughter be less fearful of people and public speaking.
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    Wood estimates she has 8,000 photos of Eden. About half of those are pageant-related, she said. This image is an example of a comp card, which is when a series of photos are place on a card.
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    This picture of Eden on a faux magazine cover is one of her mother's favorites. Wood describes her daughter as "just as normal as she can be." Wood said Eden is more into animals and the outdoors than dolls.
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    Pageants can bring in big bucks, but not always. Wood said the winners can take home as little as $50 and as much as $10,000. Much of the winnings are used to recoup the cost of preparing for the pageant. This stage shot of Eden shows her in her swimwear. Wood said Eden has a new bathing suit for competitions.
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    Wood estimates Eden has won between $25,000 and $30,000 during her career. But Wood has yet to recover all the money she's poured into the system, which she estimates is between $25,000 and $50,000.
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    Pageants have an extensive amount of categories. They include print, natural, glitz, portfolio, black and white and composite categories. And then there's the stage element, which includes swimwear, beauty, western wear and outfit of choice.
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    Wood said she was surprised at how much her daughter loved competing and soon Eden was winning competitions across the nation. She recently won an event in Florida where she took the top prize by beating infants and young adults.
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    Wood doesn't worry about criticism from others. "That's what makes America great. Everybody has their own opinions," she said. Wood said she would never force her child to compete. If Eden didn't love being on stage so much, she never would have allowed her to continue competing.
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