Please mommy, can I go outside? Toddlers & Tiaras mother shuts daughter indoors to prevent her skin from tanning
A pageant mother on Toddlers & Tiaras left viewers aghast last night, as she shut her daughter indoors to prevent her skin from tanning.
Three-year-old Selena Cruz was seen with her face pressed against the window as her brothers played basketball outside.
'I really want to play outside. Like my brothers,' she complained. But her mother said that she must stay indoors so her 'natural, golden skin tone' would not darken.
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Shut indoors: Toddlers & Tiaras star Selena Cruz was seen with her face pressed against the window as her brothers played basketball outside
An edited clip of last night's episode shown on The Huffington Post attracted dozens of angry comments.
One viewer wrote: 'Good grief put some sunscreen on the kid and let her play. This is child abuse.'
Child's play: Selena's brothers were seen outside in the garden
Fed up: The three-year-old explains to viewers that she wants to play outside
While another added: 'Let the child outside or she won't have healthy bones and skin. She needs to play with others.'
However Selena's mother simply explains on the TLC show: 'She has to stay inside, so she follows the proper protocol.'
Last night's installment featured a pageant contest held in Columbia, South Carolina. last June.
Strict: Selena's mother told viewers that her daughter 'has to stay inside, so she follows the proper protocol'
Selena appeared to be getting a little tired of the constant preening and posing.
'Bein’ a diva’s exhausting. I don’t know how Beyonce does it,' she exclaimed after she took to the stage.
Other youngsters to feature in the episode were Mackenzie, six, and Faithlyn, nine.
Catch Toddlers & Tiaras, every Wednesday at 9 pm ET on TLC