4 Years After This Girl Was Forced By Her Mom Into Pageants, She Rejected It All In Dramatic Style

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Teased hair. Spray tans. Full face of make-up. Sparkly, poofy dress. Frilly socks. Kitten heels. The look of a child beauty pageant queen is unmistakable — it’s also a controversial one. She often feels immense expectation to look perfect and to perform to ever-more demanding ideals.

Image: via Facebook/Sasha Bennington

Sasha Bennington, from Burnley, United Kingdom, was one of many young girls who entered pageants at the behest of her mother. Although she plastered on a smile while she performed, you could sometimes get a glimpse past her cheery facade. The 11-year-old was not always happy with her hobby.

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Image: Facebook/Sasha Bennington

It took her several years, but she finally worked up the courage to tell her mom she had found herself a new career path. Breaking free from pageantry would take a radical shift, and that’s just what Sasha gave her family and viewers who had watched her grow up in the spotlight — no one could believe the beauty queen’s new dream.

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