A single mum has spent thousands of pounds on make up, Fake Tan and outfits for her seven-year-old daughter who is desperate to become famous.
Despite her age, Layla Thompson, who goes by the stage name Layla Belle, dyes her hair, wears false eye lashes and walks around in high heels.
Her mum Jenna Eastland, 31, of Newton Aycliffe spends hundreds of pounds every month paying for spray tans, hair extensions and cosmetics.
Layla, who regularly attends beauty pageants and dance competitions, prefers experimenting with beauty products than playing with toys.
She would rather go to Nando’s than play in the park with her friends and prefers a birthday meal on a boat to a children’s party.
Jenna, who is also mum to Noah, 10 and Brody, nine, said: ‘She’s always wore makeup and dressed up from the age of one. If I left make up she would cover herself in bronzer.
‘By the time she was two she was putting on her own mascara. She has always been mature for her age and loved to pose.
‘It was apparent from a young age, I’d get my camera out and she would just instantly pose without any prompt.
‘She just wants to be famous and has the mind set of an adult. For her birthday she told me she wanted a boat ride with dinner on the boat. She’s not a normal seven-year-old. She would be a great reality TV star.’
Every day, Layla applies make up and styles her hair before leaving the house.
The youngster has made her own documentary style videos about her life which she hopes to upload to YouTube.
And she even has her own Instagram, Twitter and Star Now Account – for up and coming models, actors and dancers.
Jenna, who receives benefits as a full-time carer for Noah and Brody who have autism, is heavily tattooed and wears little make up or fake tan.
She said: ‘Layla just loves all attention being on her. She loves fake tan, make up, false eyelashes, hair pieces and bling.
‘She would much rather get clothes or makeup than toys. It costs me a fortune.
Dance costumes alone cost thousands.
‘She only eats the white of eggs because she saw on YouTube it’s better for you and she likes yoga and ice tea.
‘Layla’s got a six pack so she loves wearing belly tops and shorts.
‘I guess people might think it’s too young but its just Layla.
‘I get abuse all the time saying I’m sexualizing her, but I think that if people think that then there’s something sadly wrong with them even thinking that about a kid.’
Layla, who is home schooled, has been dancing since the age of five and has competed in national competitions.
She has recently been selected to represent Durham in international beauty pageant Miss British Empire at the end of August.
And has been offered the chance to represent the UK in Junior Model International and Miss Superglobe held in India this September.
Jenna and Layla often watch dance moms and pageants programmes together as they love the glitz and glamour.
Jenna said: ‘I have a nine-year-old little girl that isn’t interested in anything like that and still plays with My Little Pony and that’s who she is.
‘But this is who Layla is and I don’t think it will ever change. She was born to be something special.
‘Layla just wants to be doing something either dance competitions on pageants she’s always asking me “have we got anything this weekend?” she’s bored of real life – it’s not for her.’
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