Bennington and her mother gained fame – or, notoriety, depending on the impression of those watching – after starring in two separate documentaries on child pageantry. In one film, called Pre-teen Beauty Queen, Sasha’s mom, Jayne Harris, revealed her own past with modeling and how that influenced her daughter’s interest in the industry.
“You get these sashes, which I thought was absolutely amazing because I’d never had a sash (before),” Harris said wistfully as she flipped through pictures of herself during her brief career as a glamour model. Reflecting on the images, taken four years prior, she smiled, “[I] don’t look too different, still got the same assets.”
Despite her own apparent love of the camera, the mom denied forcing Bennington into a similar career path at a young age. “I’m not saying that I’ve got aspirations for her to be a porn star or anything like that,” she said. “But I think I’d really like Sasha to get every opportunity she can to enter as much as possible and then, hopefully, because she has started younger, she’ll get a lot further than I did.”