Vanessa Williams, a former Miss America winner, does not think highly of the TLC series “Toddlers & Tiaras,” which provides a behind-the-scenes look at child pageants.
In an episode of Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show scheduled to air Thursday, the “Desperate Housewives” actress was asked if she thinks the kids on “Toddlers & Tiaras” are being pushed into the pageants. She replied, “I think they don’t know what they are doing. But when the child is screaming and saying, ‘I don’t want to do this, I don’t feel like doing it,’ when they are using special juice to get them hyped …”
Cooper interjected and explained that “special juice,” also known as “go-go juice,” is a mix of Mountain Dew and 7-Up.
Williams, the mother of four children, said she would never let her kids participate in such pageants.
Williams became the first African-American woman to win the Miss America crown in 1983 but she was later stripped of the title after nude photos of her surfaced.