Little Legends: East Tenn. 'Toddlers and Tiaras' contestant struts her stuff on the national stage

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- "Toddlers and Tiaras" is a reality television show that takes viewers into the competitive world of child beauty pageants, including all the glitz, glam and drama that comes with them.

One East Tennessee girl is getting her chance to show her stuff, competing against some of the best on national television.

"It takes a talented hard worker and very very confidence," said eight-year-old Landree Douglas of her career.

Landree has just that, winning crowns and perfecting her dance moves. Most importantly, though, she has the sass needed on the runway.

"I think I was born with that sass," she said, before checking with her mother to make sure.

Landree is a small town girl from East Tennessee with big dreams.

"I do it because I love it," she said. "I do it for my heart because it's one of my favorite things I've done in a long time."

Now, Landree is taking those dreams to a stage larger than life on national television.

"It was pretty much a dream come true for her to be on the show," Landree's mother Amanda Douglas said.

A camera crew followed Landree and her mom. They flew out to Vegas to compete against some of the best in the nation.

"It means a lot to me because I know a lot of people are watching over me, like angels, Jesus, everyone, so I love being on national TV," said Landree.

"I don't even think she realizes sometime the goals that she achieves, and she's very humble, very humble," said Amanda.

Amanda's daughter takes the stage and pulls out one of her favorite numbers, what she calls the 'Juicy Wiggle.'

"I just got on that beat, I love it so much," said Landree. "I sing it like, 'juicy wiggle, juicy wiggle.'"

However, the family said the journey to national television hasn't been all smiles. The drama that viewers see on the reality show is exactly what Landree and her mother have faced.

"One behind me said, 'Oh, my gosh, your dress is so ugly, you're so ugly,'" Landree described. "Yup. So I just ignored her."

The criticism hasn't stopped this beauty queen from shaking it off, doing her best, and taking home the crown.

"I feel like I was born to do whatever I do because I love it so much that I don't even care if someone yanks my hair," she said.

Landree's mom said her time on the show is about much more than the makeup, the dancing and the crowns.

"My children are able to get in front of a class and give a class speech, they definitely have confidence and skills to back them up," she said. "There's actually a lot of skills they can learn from pageantry that are lifelong skills that can help them."