‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ star Eden Wood has come of age aged 18 in a new interview as she reflects on ‘crazy’ experiences

“Toddlers and Tiaras” was one of the most talked about reality TV shows of its time. Cameras followed the lives of four-year-olds trying their luck in beauty pageants across the United States.

Eden Wood was one of the most successful actresses on the show – but now she’s grown up and recently graduated from high school in Arkansas.

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And it seems that Wood was a winner in high school, just as she was a winner at children’s pageants.

“I waited four years, worked so hard that I actually graduated top of my class, that was a huge accomplishment for me,” Wood told Matt Doran and Kylie Gillies on Wednesday’s Morning Show.

Now Wood has his eyes set on college and plans to study broadcast journalism.

Eden Wood as a child pageant contestant and high school senior. Credit: The morning show

“I’ve always been in front of the camera, I’ve always been the one being interviewed, so I think it would be really cool for me to switch positions and get a feel for the other side,” she revealed.

Looking back, critics easily assume that Wood has mixed feelings about her time on Toddlers and Tiaras, which ran from 2009 to 2016.

But the teen said she really enjoyed “every moment” in the pageant world – although she can’t remember everything and only recently sat down to watch herself on the show.

Eden Wood on toddlers and tiaras. Credit: The morning show

“I don’t remember much, but as far as I can remember it was always so positive,” she said.

“My mom always gave me the option, ‘If you don’t want to do this, you don’t have to do this.’

“I think there was actually one episode where she pulled me aside, I was having a little meltdown and she was like, ‘Look, we can go home now, or you go on stage and show everyone what you’re made of .’ .’

“Being myself, I pulled myself together and decided to go on this stage and show everyone what I’m about.”

Eden Wood is now the high school valedictorian. Credit: The morning show

Wood played a flashback in which she described herself as a “pageant superstar” and when she was four said she wanted to release an “Eden doll.” Wood said it was “so funny” to see himself at that age.

“It’s definitely crazy to look at me then and now and see how it all paid off,” she said.

When Wood entered high school, she had to deal with the odd situation that others instantly recognized her from her days on Toddlers and Tiaras.

She said a lot of people expected her to be a spoiled brat.

“Once they get to know me and start talking to me, they quickly realize I’m nothing like that.

“I’m just regular old Eden.”

Eden Wood says she loved the world of children’s pageants. Credit: The morning show

Looking back, Wood, who won more than 250 pageant titles as a child, said that despite the many criticisms of the industry, she had no qualms about getting involved in the world of children’s pageants.

“Looking back, I don’t see anything negative,” she said.

“There will always be people who have something to say about (this world).

“There will always be people who disagree, there are people who love pageants and I’m one of those people who absolutely loved them.

“They gave me so much confidence, they helped me become the person I am today and I’m so grateful for that.”

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James Brien

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