When The Learning Channel chose local six-year-old Kayleigh Ledbetter to be part of its “Toddlers in Tiaras” series last year, they got a bit of a surprise. Although Kayleigh has been appearing in beauty pageants since she was 18-months of age, she is not your typical contestant-or, that is, her family is not your typical contestant's family. The family doesn't spend a lot of money on hair and make-up. In fact, Kayleigh doesn't wear make-up at all. Neither does she spend hours in coaching sessions and rehearsals being “prepped” for pageants, and there are no tears if she doesn't take first place.
“Kayleigh thinks just being in the pageant is winning. She's so happy, even if she doesn't win,” says Kayleigh's aunt, Allsion Layne.
It was Kayleigh's granddad, local pharmacist Bobby Ledbetter, who encouraged the family to enter Kayleigh in the Miss Gold Rush pageant, her first.