Child abuse: Tricia, a Toddlers & Tiaras mother, is shown modelling a leopard print G-string as her two-year-old sits on the lap of a friend close by.
A mother featured in the TLC series Toddlers & Tiaras
has been shown encouraging her two-year-old daughter to watch her model a G-string bikini during a calendar photo shoot.
Tricia, a mother of four from Oklahoma, was shown on tonight's episode wearing a leopard print bikini bottom and a stringy black bikini top while SamiJo, her daughter was placed one meter away in order to watch her.
The mother told the cameras: 'My style of parenting is extremely different. I think exposing your child to whatever you can is just a really great way to be culturally diverse.'
She added that she had entered SamiJo, who has become 'obsessed with bras' and 'loves Victoria's Secret', into a toddler's swimsuit competition before she had turned age one.
Tricia told the cameras: 'I still say she's 17, she's far from two.'
The mother revealed that she works part-time as a promotional model and 'cage girl' for Mixed Martial Arts fights in order to financially support her children. The family lives in Oklahoma City with HG, Tricia's boyfriend.
As the mother is advised by a photographer to 'arch' her back in a more seductive manner during the calendar shoot, which was a project Tricia had initiated in the hope of raising funds through the calendar's distribution, SamiJo is shown to be transfixed on her mother's racy attire.
The little girl is shown watching as her mother is instructed by a photographer to 'arch' her back in order to appear sexier for the camera
Tricia said: 'She knows, and has full comprehension of how the business works. She has a vast understanding that some seven-year-olds, six-year-olds don't have.'
The mother also admitted she has spent a significant amount of money on ensuring SamiJo is able to successfully compete in the 'countless' child beauty pageants the toddler has taken part in.
Tricia is shown telling her ex-husband: 'Maybe we've spent more than $30,000 in the last couple of years of pageants.'
Her ex replied: 'I bet we've spent over $100,000.'
Of course, Tricia does not seem to be fazed by the cost of entering her daughter in pageants. She said: 'Pageants are a family bonding thing.'
Tricia said she believes her daughter is more like a 17-year-old than a toddler.
In true Toddlers & Tiaras
form, SamiJo and her mother were not the only controversial pageant pair shown preparing for Springfield Missouri's Beautiful Me Disco Diamonds Pageant.
Sherrie, a mother from Maynard, Arkansas, admitted she has 'basically maxed out' three credit cards in order to allow Destiny, her three-year-old, to compete in beauty pageants.
She told the cameras: 'The third [credit card] happens to be for emergency purposes but I've used it to buy pageant things.
'Pageants are an emergency thing.'
Sherrie was also shown taking Destiny, who is still attached to a pacifier, into a spray tanning salon.
Child abuse: Destiny, another featured pageant contestant, is shown to undergo a spray tan with pacifier in mouth
Destiny appears to be afraid of the spray tanning gun and calls out to her mother: 'I want you, I want you,' before being sprayed in the face over the top of her pacifier.
Jennifer, a mother from Madill, Oklahoma, is also shown explaining the appeal of beauty pageants during the episode.
She said: 'I like pageants because when they win, it's an absolutely great feeling to know my kid's prettier than your kid.'