LITTLE Emma tries on her first pair of heels and declares: "I'm sexy and I know it" aged just THREE.
In shocking scenes from controversial US reality show Toddlers and Tiaras, the child beauty queen is seen practising in her new shoes as mum Hope tells her "strut, girl, strut".
Hope, a beauty queen herself, says Emma should show daddy Hank her latest silver footwear.
She then pretends to be the pretty blonde youngster and announces: "My first pair of heels at the age three-and-a-half daddy."
As Emma, from Raymond, Mississippi, walks across her bedroom floor for her, thrilled Hope declares encouragingly: "That's it."
Hope, who was Mrs Mississippi United States 2011, is also seen revealing: "I think Emma's strength to competing in pageants is that she just has a certain innocence about her."
Hope admits during the show, which aired on US channel TLC last night, that seeing Emma look older than she is "upsets her".
But she says: "Then again, it's not permanent, the make-up can wash off, the hair can be washed and she goes back to being my little three-year-old girl."
And she reveals that there are people who don't agree with her putting her daughter into pageants.
To which she says: "I don't need everyone's approval. You're just jealous b****."
Dad Hank seems just as happy that his daughter is taking part in the contests, even showing Emma how to do moves such as "pretty feet".
And he says: "I like doing pageants because it excites her and we enjoy it."
Child beauty queen ... Hope shows Emma her 'Marilyn Monroe' dress
Brunette mum Hope is also seen showing Emma her 'Marilyn Monroe' dress for her next competition, the Mississippi Sweet Pea luau themed pageant.
And as she shows off Emma's trophies she reveals that her daughter has taken part in between 25 to 30 pageants in the past 18 months alone.
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