There’s no doubt about the fact that Honey Boo Boo is one of the most famous little ladies in the world. Although she has transformed over the years, it’s been a rather tragic transformation.
A famous face
Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson is one of the most famous faces that the celebrity world has to offer. Fans have been able to watch her grow up before their very eyes, but sometimes this has caused a bit of an upset. In fact, sometimes they can’t help but feel sorry for her.
When Alana was born into the Thompson family, she spent her early years living with her mother, her father, and her older brothers and sisters in their family home. She was the youngest of the lot, but that didn’t mean that she was going to blend into the background and let her siblings make their mark. In fact, it’s safe to say that Alana is now the most famous member of their family and has an extremely impressive net worth. Because of her popularity, we don’t see that changing anytime soon.
A love for pageants
Because Alana knew that she wanted to stand out from the crowd, it wasn’t long before she developed a love for pageantry. So, when she was still just a youngster, she made her pageant debut and took the world of glitz and glamour by storm with her eclectic personality and her larger-than-life appearance. Her mother – Mamma June – was more than happy to coach her daughter to the top, and they soon caught the attention of some important people from the TLC network who were looking for new stars.
Toddlers and Tiaras
These people were looking for youngsters in the pageant world who would make their mark on television, and they Alana seemed to fit the bill perfectly. So, they asked her and her mother to appear as new cast members on the Toddlers and Tiaras reality show. This show follows pageant princesses across the US and all of the drama that seems to follow them and their bedazzled gowns. Of course, the competition amongst these pageant princesses is pretty huge.
While there’s no doubt about the fact that Toddlers and Tiaras has pushed some of the most eclectic youngsters into the limelight, it’s fair to say that there was something about Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson that made her stand out from the crowd. Her relationship with her mother and her presence both on and off the stage showed the world that she wasn’t messing around and that she was certainly in it to win it. She proved this through her interaction with the other girls and her routines on stage.
A new opportunity
Alana and her mother only appeared on Toddlers and Tiaras for 36 episodes, but over the course of this year, she proved to be extremely popular with fans at home. TLC knew that her Honey Boo Boo character was certainly one that made people laugh. They also knew that many people tuned in to watch the show thanks to her. Because of this, they knew what they had to do next. They offered Alana and her family their very own reality show, and thus Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was born.
In the fast lane
Although fans had been given the chance to get to know Honey Boo Boo on Toddlers and Tiaras, their new reality show gave people at home to understand more about the larger-than-life girl. They knew that she lived life in the fast lane and had a fondness for chicken nuggets, but what they didn’t realize was that she was no different at home. While in the comfort of her own home, she wasn’t afraid to air her grievances with her parents or her siblings, and she ruled the roost.
A little concerned
Despite the fact that Honey Boo Boo and her family were raking in viewers and a hefty amount of money, there were people at home who watched the show because they were concerned about the young girl. Although Alana wasn’t considered to be obese, there was no doubt about the fact that she was a large girl who had more weight on her than some of her other beauty pageant competitors. While fans knew this was because of her own habits, they also didn’t think Mamma June was a good influence.
Life at home
In fact, many fans of the show were concerned about Honey Boo Boo’s entire home life. Mamma June seemed more than happy for her young daughter to gorge herself on chicken nuggets, and it seemed as though the family were getting themselves in trouble every single week. While many people take reality television with a pinch of salt, nobody could deny the fact that the Thompson’s were in trouble – especially as the first season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was almost its last.
Dancing for money
When Alana was just 6 years old and in the midst of the first season of her own reality television show, her family came under fire when a video surfaced of the youngster. This showed Honey Boo Boo in a college drinking hole, where she was filmed dancing on top of the bar and taking money from strangers and fans in the process. The family was ultimately investigated by the authorities, but the case was dropped later on. Nevertheless, their fame most understandably took a big hit when this scandal came to light.
Bad role models
As more and more people began to learn more about Alana, her family, and their scandals, they began to wonder whether she had bad role models around them. Both of her parents have served stints behind bars, and it was clear to see through their reality show that her family life was up in the air. Instead of living in a stable household, Honey Boo Boo had to deal with numerous family dramas – including a sibling who tried to sue her mom! It seemed as though the drama was never-ending.
Coming to an end
Despite the scandals, there was no doubt about the fact that Honey Boo Boo and her family had earned fame and fortune from the reality show. However, that all came crashing down in 2014 when the show came to an abrupt end. It was discovered that Mama June’s new boyfriend had been charged with a crime that put their whole family under the microscope, and TLC didn’t want to be associated with them. By this point, we had been able to watch Alana grow up before our very eyes.
Staying on top
Honey Boo Boo and her family didn’t take the cancellation of their show well, and they were determined to build their reputation back up. Alana herself had grown accustomed to life in the limelight, and she didn’t want her fame to end. So, she decided to do everything she could to stay on the top of her game and continue to entertain those who had watched her shows for years. Although it’s fair to say that people still know her name, it hasn’t been easy for her.
One of the ways that Alana has stayed in the limelight is through her social media channels. With almost 500,000 followers to her name, Honey Boo Boo has a verified account and a blue tick that shows the world that she still has what it takes to be famous. In fact, she even makes money through these social media channels. As well as keeping her fans up to date with her whereabouts and her activities, she also promotes products on Instagram to make a bit of extra cash.
Another reality show
However, her time on television hasn’t come to an end. Despite the fact that her own show was canceled due to family scandals, that didn’t stop another television network from reaching out to Mama June and offering her another opportunity. Mama June: From Not to Hot first aired on WEtv in 2017, and it quickly pushed the family back into the spotlight. While the show followed Mama June’s weight loss, Honey Boo Boo did make an appearance, many fans thought that it would have a positive effect on Alana.
Amazingly, Alana got the chance to shape-up and lose some of the weight many fans criticized her for when she was offered to take part in a new opportunity in late 2018. Honey Boo Boo was asked to be a contestant on the new series of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, and she gladly accepted the offer. While she relished in this new opportunity and enjoyed her time on the show, she sadly didn’t make it to the final. However, dancing did help her in her ongoing quest to lose a bit of weight.
Promoting weight loss
In fact, it seems as though everything surrounding Alana over the past few years has been focused on weight loss. She was on Dancing with the Stars: Junior, she appeared on her own mother’s weight loss reality television show, and she even promotes weight loss products online. Yes, Alana has often been sent weight loss products to promote on her Instagram page, and she has done so with gusto. Yet, it doesn’t stop there, as new rumors have circulated about the youngster.
Feeling sorry for her
Although there’s no definitive answer just yet, it’s been suggested that Alana is in talks to have her very own weight loss reality show – just like her mother. This show would reportedly help her lose weight and shape up, and it would give her the chance to be trained by professional weight-loss experts. However, this has caused an increased amount of outrage among some fans who have begun to feel sorry for Honey Boo Boo. At just 14 years old, much of her fame has been focused on her weight.
Struggling to change
Those close to the teenager have even noted that Alana is struggling to change her image. While she accepts the fact that Toddlers and Tiaras and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo pushed her into the spotlight, it seems as though she now wants to step away from this reputation and showcase herself as a real contender in the world of fame and fortune. On the other hand, she believes that she will always be known as the larger-than-life personality who eats chicken nuggets and drinks go-go juice.
A huge net worth
Of course, there’s no doubt about the fact that Honey Boo Boo is in a much more privileged position than others her age. At just 14 years old, Alana Thompson is worth a whopping $800,000. This net worth is more than most people can even imagine at such a young age, and it seems as though Alana could be set for life. Alongside this, Alana also has the pleasure of saying that she has fans across the world who have followed her for much of her life.
Not giving her the chance
Although Alana is more than willing to keep up her appearances on social media and other television ventures, many people believe that she still has a long way to go if she really wants to change her image. It has been suggested that people aren’t giving her the chance to showcase a new personality and one that doesn’t involve diva behaviors in the pageant world. Naturally, with so many scandals and dramas behind her, this isn’t surprising. She has a reputation that just won’t budge.
A new focus
Alongside her own need to change her image, it seems as though Alana’s family also know that they need to step up their game. After becoming estranged and reconnecting again on so many different occasions, the Thompson family finally seem to be on the straight and narrow. However, that doesn’t mean that everything is breezy in terms of their public image. With countless run-ins with the police to think about, fans aren’t quite so forgiving. Have her family been holding her back all this time?
Alana has now been in the limelight for almost a decade, and although most people know her as Honey Boo Boo, it’s fair to say that she has already worked hard to try and change this image. While she may longer be the pageant queen she once was, she seems to have big dreams about what’s next on her agenda. Will she take part in another reality television show? Will she branch out into acting? Will she create her own fashion or beauty line? It’s all speculation for now.
Despite the fact that she has a mammoth task to change her image under her belt, fans have loved being able to watch Alana grow up before their very eyes. They have seen her transform from a young and sassy girl into one who wants more from her life. In the minds of the audience, there’s no doubt about the fact that her appearance has changed in the process. However, it hasn’t been easy for this young girl, and her tragic transformation has gained her sympathy but also lost her fans in the process.
The saga continues
Growing up is difficult for children transitioning into adulthood for anyone. However, this transition is often way more difficult for those who have to do it when being watched by millions of viewers. Sadly, the pressure of fame and stardom has begun to take its toll on Honey Boo Boo and her family. Recently, Alana’s mother, got into some trouble with the law. While this would typically be a private matter, because of Alana’s success, the whole world seems to know her business – making Alana feel very vulnerable.
Moving in with sissy
After her mother’s mishap, Alana and her sister decided that it would just be an all around better situation if Alana moved in with Pumpkin. The two are now living together, virtually making Pumpkin both Alana’s sister and mother. Many younger siblings are raised by older siblings, especially the parents have issues. The two are doing their best to cope with the new living arrangements. Although it is hard, no one has your back quite like your sister does.
Wise beyond her years
Almost obviously, Alana and her sister, Pumpkin, are extremely upset about their mother’s run in with the law. Nevertheless, despite the fact that everyone is saying some not-so-nice things about the family, Alana has expressed a sentiment that shows she is wise beyond her years. On a social media post, Alana has indeed said that life is getting her down, after the recent events that have occurred with her mother. Nevertheless, she tells us to “just keep swimming.” This too shall pass.
According to the experts
According to experts, growing up in the spotlight can have extremely detrimental effects on a child. We have seen these effects with numerous now-adult celebrities, such as Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, and Justin Bieber. These same experts say that because the famous children are typically given more attention than the average child, that the actor doesn’t know how to take responsibility for him or herself. Another potentially harmful affect is being exposed to mature things way too soon. Hopefully Honey Boo Boo manages to avoid many of these potential detriments.
Pressure to conform
Alana is growing up in a time when the perception of what a “perfect” body is changing. While she has definitely been put under a lot of pressure to shred her pounds, we hope that she doesn’t feel too much anxiety about it. As mentioned, social norms are changing. Moreover, fans across the world fell in love with Honey Boo Boo as she is, not as what she could be. Therefore, she might just be perfectly happy if she loves herself just the way she is.