Isabella Barrett, the 6-year-old pageant millionaire who has “a voice coach, make-up artist, regular spray tans, hair extensions, acrylic nails and even made-to-measure fake teeth which cost us $500” loves being a millionaire. “What’s not to like about being a millionaire?” says the 6-year-old pageant millionaire. “I’m a superstar, I have my own jewellery line and I just love being the boss. I never lose at anything and almost every pageant I enter, I win. But what I love more than anything is shoes. I have over 60 pairs.” According to a Daily Mirror report on April 14, 2013, the 6-year-old pageant millionaire is not the only one who loves the lavish lifestyle which includes $10,000 worth of custom-made outfits, 60 pairs of designer shoes, and ordering filet mignon steak or lobster from room service in five-star hotels, so does Isabella Barrett’s 39-year-old mother Susanna.
“The whole pageant world is so addictive, especially when your daughter wins so much. But then I looked at Bella and realised she was loving it every bit as much as I was.”
And how does one get addicted to being a millionaire and living a lifestyle that goes beyond most people’s dreams?
Two years ago, Susanna entered her then four-year-old daughter in her first beauty pageant. After winning not just one but several beauty pageants, Isabella Barrett was picked to appear on the “Toddlers and Tiaras” reality show.
Like many little girls,Isabella Barrett loved all the “glitz and glamour” and according to her mother, her daughter was “a natural performer.”
“Each performance needs to be like a Broadway show and every single outfit is custom-made, costing up to $10,000. We must have spent around $50,000 entering pageants in the last two years alone, but look where she is now. It’s been more than worth it.”
After winning huge amounts of money as a beauty queen in the pageant world, there was even more money to be made by drawing in other little girls and moms. Last year, Isabella Barrett launched her own jewelry line, Glitzy Girl.
“I had a charm bracelet made for Bella one day to celebrate her wins and all the mothers loved it. … Then Bella suggested we could make them for everyone … and Glitzy Girl was born.”
It is Glitzy Girl that defined Isabella Barrett’s financial success and turned her into a millionaire. While according to United States law, Isabella Barrett’s parents, Susanna and her husband Antonio, are supposed to save a percentage of the millions for Isabella until she turns 18, “the mum admits it’s hard not to spoil her little girl and confesses she’s already developing some rather extravagant tastes.”
The six-year-old pageant millionaire does not only have an extravagant taste but also her own office and pageant room in the family’s Rhode Island home where she keeps all her competition paraphernalia, trophies, and own mannequins that wear the dresses that are “so expensive we can’t afford to have them crushed in a wardrobe.”
Besides having an own office and a pageant room, the six-year-old millionaire has a bedroom with “its own throne-style chair and feather boas and Swarovski crystals adorn everything.”
Despite the extravagant lifestyle of a six-year-old pageant millionaire, Isabella Barrett’s mother emphasizes that she and her husband Antonio “do not want her to grow up spoilt, so really try to keep her feet on the ground.”
Keeping the six-year-old pageant millionaire’s feet on the ground means going to school full time and spending any extra time with gymnastics, dance classes, and singing lessons. And, of course, since the six-year-old is so talented, “she can even speak Italian, German and Spanish.”
If it would not have been the six-year-old pageant millionaire’s mother herself who used the word “addictive,” one would be hesitant to use the word in describing a six-year-old girl’s lifestyle.
But, since Susanna herself used the word, one does have to think of the word addiction when the six-years-old pageant millionaire’s mother says, “I am not a pushy parent, I just help Isabella achieve her dreams. If she told me tomorrow she didn’t want to do it any of it any more, then that would be fine.”