When Wendy Dickey finally decided to pull her daughter Paisley out of pageants, both were devastated.
Since the age of 6 months, Paisley had been participating in pageants — Wendy estimates more than 60 — and since 18 months she had been part of the show “Toddlers and Tiaras,” including being featured twice.
Even now, one wall of Paisley’s room in her Winder home is filled with trophies and tiaras from her victories.
But, after appearing in one pageant dressed as Julia Roberts from “Pretty Women,” the uproar and “drama” of other pageant moms was just too much, Dickey said.
“After everything blew up with ‘Pretty Woman’ things got so bad with other moms, so much drama, that we pretty much quit pageants,” she said.
While it was the end of one chapter, it only spurred on bigger and better things for the Dickey family.
“The whole process has been a chain reaction,” Dickey said, “a chain of events.”
And that chain of events has led to Paisley and her mom appearing on the inaugural season of the E series “The Drama Queen,” which debuts at 11 p.m. today.
Paisley is a new client of well-known Los Angeles talent agent and manager Marki Costello, granddaughter of Lou Costello, and will be part of a show surrounding the goings on of Costello’s business.
The Dickeys were in Los Angeles earlier in the fall to film the first season.
But that’s just one of the reasons they’ve been so busy recently.
After the fallout from Paisley’s dress on “Toddlers and Tiaras,” she was picked to be the spokesperson for an anti-bullying campaign based out of Boston. While there, she made such an impression she even ended up starring in a short horror film.
She’s also been on the “Dr. Phil” show, “Good Morning America” and talked with Anderson Cooper. She also sings and has a song on iTunes called “The Booger Song.”
This past weekend she performed at a fashion show in Atlanta for Child Model Magazine.
All the travel has also resulted in Paisley needing to be homeschooled, something she doesn’t mind one bit.
“I like that,” Paisley said on a recent Thursday at home. “I’m lucky. I can go to school in my pajamas.”
At home, Paisley isn’t unlike any other soon-to-be 6-year-old, excited, smiling and laughing as she does somersaults and shows off her pink princess, child-size popisan chair.
“A lot of people have said that they feel sorry for Paisley because she will never know what it’s like to be a normal child,” Dickey said. “When she’s not rocking the runway or filming a movie or television show her favorite thing to do is camp. Our family owns a camper in Oglethorpe County and we love to hunt and camp. She had rather be digging fishing worms out of the dirt than playing with baby dolls.”
The family includes two older brothers and husband and father Scott, whom Dickey said has always been behind Paisley’s career.
It no longer includes pageants, but Paisley’s life is moving forward, just the same.