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Rising star in West Warwick

May 23, 2012

Mackenzie Owens won the AGJ Around the World Wear when she was filmed in Connecticut as part of the nationally-broadcasted show "Toddlers & Tiaras." Submitted Photo.

West Warwick — Local four-year old, MacKenzie Owens has entered more than 40 beauty pageants, earning her a spot on TLC’s TV show, “Toddlers & Tiaras.”

Mackenzie’s mother, Crystal Owens, explained that she entered her daughter in her first beauty pageant when Mackenzie was one-years old.

“I was looking for something for her to get involved in,” she said.
“She [Mackenzie] stayed at home with my mother-in-law while I worked and I was afraid she wasn’t getting interaction with kids.”

Owens said she tried signing Mackenzie up for dance class but she was still too young.

She explained that as a little girl she was in various beauty pageants as well, so she decided to give it a try.

“She really liked it. It was great seeing her on stage, she was smiling and she really enjoyed it,” she said. “The pageants have parties afterwards and she gets to play with the girls and some of her best friends are from the pageants.”

Owens explained that Mackenzie, who participates in one to two pageants a month, won the first one she was entered in.

She then continued on to win 40 titles, including the most recent, Miss Northeast America.

She explained that hardly any of the pageants are in Rhode Island, giving her and Mackenzie a chance to travel to places such as, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Texas.

She said in order to get her daughter recognized by TLC for the show, which will premiere tonight at 9 p.m., she had to enter Mackenzie into a beauty pageant in Connecticut, hosted by Chris Lafrance, director for AGJ & Genuine Girls Pageants.

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