Real-life pageant contestant speaks out about 'Honey Boo Boo'


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 27 at 6:41 PM

(WHAS11) -- The shows "Toddlers and Tiaras" and "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" have become ratings hits and have made household names out of pageant "bad" girls. And it shows no signs of slowing down with talks of holiday specials. But is this really the way pageants look? Not according to one young outspoken Valley Station girl.
Jadan Gambill, 9, the reigning Derby City Queen,  is hoping the wheels will finally come off this negative pageant "wagon."

"I just don't think those mom should put that kind of pressure on their children," said Gambill.

Gambill admits that she watches the shows mainly because she says they are addicting. Her mother says what happens on the show is exactly what she hopes to keep her daughter away from.

"I like to make sure she's involved in pageants that promote natural beauty and positive things in the community," said her mother Angela Forman.
Forman says she hopes people learn about the good pageants that are out there. The one that Jadan is apart of,  Queen of the Commonwealth, encourages little makeup, simple outfits and volunteering.
She says her daughter has been in 16 pageants, has won three of them, and has dozens of tiaras. But it's about more than "stuff," she's also hoping to spread a serious message.
Jadan is using her time as the title holder to talk about bullying.

"I'm trying to get out there for people to stop bullying because people get hurt and it's wrong and it hurts people's feelings. They just don't want to be bullied," said Gambill.
She's no Honey Boo Boo and that's fine with her. But she does have a  simple and positive message that she hopes other people will hear.