Now, “Human Barbie” Sarah Burge has taken daughter Poppy to conquer the US pageant world — and managed to upset the Americans too.
They have quickly taken against her, hardly surprising considering she called some of the other pageant mums “fat and ugly”.
Sarah, 51, forked out £15,000 to take eight-year-old Poppy to compete in the Darling Dolls of America contest.
Despite jeers of “go home” from members of the audience, Poppy went on to win a top gong.
The American pageant parents think nothing of plastering their children in fake tan, make-up and litres of hair lacquer.
But Sarah has gone too far — even by their standards.
She even gave Poppy cosmetic surgery vouchers for her eighth birthday, has spent more than £500,000 on cosmetic surgery for herself and boasts about giving Botox to her other daughter Hannah two years ago — when she was just 15.
Mummy’s girl … Sarah and eight-year-old daughter Poppy’s US trip cost £15,000PacificCoastNews.com
This week Sarah was interviewed on US talk show Anderson. Host Anderson Cooper was so appalled by Sarah’s mothering skills that he cut the interview short.
He said: “I just think you’re dreadful and I honestly don’t want to talk to you any more, so I’m going to stop.”
But it seems it will take a lot more than public humiliation to stop Sarah. She said: “Poppy was competing against 40 other girls who had been doing pageants since they were babies.
“This is Poppy’s first one and she performed amazingly well — she’s brazen and different.
“She owned that runway and looked stunning in her designer dresses. for the talent section, she read out a poem she had written.
“She said to the judges, ‘No one can strut their stuff like this bit of English fluff. I’m going to win the crown and make you frown’.
Too much, too soon … 15-year-old Hannah was given Botox by mum Sarah, rightSWNS
“The other mums were glaring at me and telling us to leave — but they can’t bully us back to Britain.
“We were there to win the crown for England. The British people have two queens to adore now, Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Poppy.”
The American pageant circuit is a multi-billion-pound industry. Poppy won the coveted Divisional Beauty Queen Crown and sash. She also came first runner-up in the talent section of the competition in Atlanta, Georgia.
Poppy, who is clearly proud of her win, said: “I am so happy. The crown is so heavy and it was almost as tall as me. I won this for all the little girls in Britain.”
Sarah, from St Neots, Cambs, who also has 28-year-old daughter Charlotte, from a previous relationship, said: “I knew she’d do it. we came, we saw and we conquered.
“Poppy is the first British winner of such a highly regarded title. She did what everyone said she couldn’t.”
Crown wince … Poppy wins Darling Dolls of America contestJosh Gillespie
They are in the States for a month and are travelling there again next month for another pageant.
Poppy has a private tutor and some work from her primary school to complete while she is travelling. Sarah is even considering moving the family to the US full-time.
Poppy says she asked her mum and dad Tony, a 50-year-old business manager, if she could try the US pageants. She said: “In England you don’t get to wear all the beautiful dresses and make-up and they don’t allow cool clothes like bikinis. I like to look beautiful like my mummy. British pageants are boring and I really wanted to win a big crown and sash.”
Shockingly, Sarah added: “Poppy is a performer and she is used to modelling and pole dancing.
“The pole dancing has helped with her confidence, posture and performance. The way I have brought her up means that she will be a winner in life.”
Sarah entered her daughter in the national pageant in the US and was accepted as the British representative. The entry cost alone was £500.
Outrage … Poppy was given pole-dancing lessons aged 7
She had to appear in evening wear, swimwear, day dress and the American Doll section, in which the girls wear a red, white and blue outfit.
Sarah said: “I spent over £15,000 on outfits for Poppy, shoes, getting professional hair and make-up, fake tans, nails and lashes.
“It may seem excessive but it’s worth it. anything for my girl to be the star of the show.”
News of Sarah and Poppy’s entry into the contest caused controversy among other pushy mums in the States. Mickie Wood, the mother of reigning supreme queen of child beauty pageants Eden, was spitting mad about Sarah’s “publicity stunt to make herself and her daughter Poppy famous”.
She even accused Sarah of being a “fruitcake” in a row on Twitter.
Sarah said: “Poppy made history as the first British girl to win a pageant.
‘I like to look beautiful like my mummy’ … Sarah applies make-up to Poppy, 8Josh Gillespie
“That proves that I’m not nuts and it wasn’t a publicity stunt.”
She claims that she and Poppy were the victims of bullying by other mothers. She said: “The mothers were fat and ugly and coaching those children for hours.
“They were awful to me and made bitchy comments. they made fun of Poppy and her accent. it was disgusting.
“Just because I am slim and beautiful and Poppy is a winner, they think they can pick on us. their daughters are in no way as pretty as my girl and all the mums are fat and thick. I feel sorry for them really.”
Poppy has now been asked to appear in the hit TV documentary series Toddlers And Tiaras.
Sarah claims she has also been approached by five modelling agencies who are interested in having Poppy on their books. She said: “I think Britain should be proud of Poppy and not criticise her. She is representing all little girls in the UK. I am such a happy mum and it was worth every penny.”
American dream … Poppy has been approached by five modelling agenciesJosh Gillespie
Sarah now hopes her daughter can match the success of Eden Wood, whose videos, books and public appearances are much in demand. She said: “I am not forcing Poppy to do this. She wants to — and if she wins more she will get a bigger following.
“I also plan to enter pageants for mothers and women my age. Poppy and I can do this together.
“I am sure people will suggest I am over-sexualising my daughter or pushing her too far too fast but it’s her decision, not mine. She loves it and so do I.
“I know I have had lots of plastic surgery but I produce very beautiful children. America needs to watch out. together, me and Poppy are going to win every pageant in the country.
“Poppy will make her first million from pageants. She will be famous for her beauty, like me.”
By DEIDRE SANDERS, Sun Agony Aunt
NO matter how well she does in the Stateside pageants, I fear for Poppy’s future.
Mum Sarah talks about wanting only the best for her but gives out message after message that women and even children can only be judged successful if they look artificial at enormous cost.
It is so damaging for children to be given the idea that what matters is looking glamorous while neglecting their inner strengths and character development.
She may be shining on the catwalk but it’s no life for a child spending hours trailing round and being preened.
She should be out with her pals, learning a sport or how to play a musical instrument, rather than learning to have a steady hand with the mascara, vicious competitiveness and a precociously provocative strut.
Does this girl have the worst mum in Britain?