07/06/2012 09:01 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Pageant Mum Defends TWO-Year-Old's Monthly TANNING Sessions

Pageant mum defends two year-old's monthly TANNING sessions SWNS

A pushy pageant mum has revealed the secret of her two year-old's winning golden glow - monthly tanning sessions!

Lauren Jackson takes toddler Savanna for spray tans to give her the edge in the notoriously competitive toddler beauty contests.

Savanna gets the montly tans before every competition while a professional make-up artist applies eye-liner, mascara, lipstick and neatens her delicate eyebrows.

Lauren said: "I'd seen another contestant with a tan and not wanting the other girls to have an unfair advantage, I got her one too.

"I was worried it might harm her young skin, so I consulted my doctor who reassured me there would be no side-effects and it was 100 per cent safe.

"Savanna stands with her legs apart and arms out and with an airbrush they will tan her body.

"They don't spray tan her face as I don't want her swallowing any of the tanning chemicals.

"They then use make-up on her face to make sure the colour matches."

Pageant mum defends two year-old's monthly TANNING sessions SWNS

And she said her blonde-haired daughter "loves" her darker skin tone. Lauren, from Michigan, U.S. spends up to £3,000 per month taking Savanna to pageants.

"I just want her to have the best possible opportunity to win," she said.


To me the pageants are about having fun, building up her self-esteem, and giving my girl the best possible opportunity in life.


Lauren first entered Savanna into a 'natural pageant' - which allows little or no make-up - when she was just 10-months-old.

Her family were thrilled when she won and so they entered Savanna into more competitions.

"I wasn't surprised when she won - she's gorgeous," said Lauren, 26. "However I was wary of moving onto more glitzy pageants.

"But Savanna loved the attention and being on stage made her happier than I'd ever seen her before.

"Her enthusiasm convinced me to give the more glamorous pageants a try."

However, while on the pageant circuit, Lauren and Savanna's grandmother soon realised that young contestants of Savanna's age were using spray tans and took the plunge themselves.

But she added: "There is a line but I strongly feel I've kept Savanna on the right side of it.

"I'd never even consider surgery or Botox - she already wears more make-up than I do!

"And I'm not one of those mums screaming at their child from the sidelines urging them to try harder. Savanna loves the limelight.

"She's a natural and I know it sounds silly, but I believe she was born to be on stage."

Oh dear!