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A beauty pageant judge and mother of a pageant winner is passing on her knowledge at the newly opened MJ Beauty/Modeling in Locust Grove.
Juanita Scott's daughter, Maria, has won numerous crowns
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BY CATHY JETT
Beauty pageant classes at the new MJ Beauty/Modeling in Locust Grove clearly aren't aimed at the Honey Boo Boos of the world.
Owner and teacher Juanita Scott doesn't stand for the kind of rude behavior engaged in by some of the little girls on TLC's reality show "Toddlers & Tiaras," which made a star of Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson.
"TV or no TV, you don't tell me to 'shut up,' or 'You aren't going to tell me what to wear,'" she said. "I'm sorry. That's not funny to me. That's being disrespected."
Scott, whose 17-year-old daughter, Maria, has won hundreds of trophies and thousands of dollars in savings bonds at beauty pageants, focuses instead on bringing out each student's natural charm and beauty in the two-hour classes she teaches on weekends in a studio at 4444 Germanna Highway, Suite 160. The fee is $99 for six months.
Her goal is to teach aspiring beauty queens the ins and outs of winning national pageants that award savings bonds--and can possibly launch them into careers in modeling and acting. She prefers ones that emphasize a child's real appearance over what she terms "glitter"--the fake lashes, spray tans and makeup that can make children such as 7-year-old Honey Boo Boo look like miniature adults.
"If your child is so cute and so pretty, they don't need makeup," Scott said. "When they get older, like 13, they can do the makeup."
On a recent Saturday afternoon, she guided 2-year-old Aryanna Sherrod of Locust Grove through the simple steps she'll have to execute when she enters the International Prince & Princess Pageant on April 6 and 7 in Stamford, Conn. The toddler will have to walk in a straight line, stop at designated points and smile for the judges.
Courtney Marshburn, Aryanna's mom, said she decided to enroll in MJ Beauty/Modeling because her daughter was captivated by the tiaras and trophies that little girls win on "Toddlers & Tiaras."
During the class, Scott asked her to hold Aryanna's hand and walk with her through the routine. But Aryanna, whose pale blond curls were held in place by a black headband, seemed more interested in spinning around to make the skirt of her party dress flare out.