Before Honey Boo Boo
Alana Thompson became a household name and now part of a crazy controversy, she was just an aspiring pageant queen from rural Georgia.
HBB first sashayed into our hearts on August 8th, 2012, on an episode of the TLC reality television series, Toddlers & Tiaras. At the time of the episode, Honey Boo Boo was just six years old and at the prime of her beauty queen sassiness.
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Immediately after the HILARIOUS episode aired, the character's fandom exploded thanks to many of her fabulous one liners, like:
Viewers also fell hard for the crazy antics of Honey Boo Boo's family, like Mama June, who became best known for concocting go-go juice (red bull and mountain dew), her excessive couponing, and wild stage mom antics.
In short, Miz Boo Boo was every reality TV producer's dream: the six-year-old was genuine, hilariously unfiltered, and full of personality. It also didn't hurt that the audacious pageant queen came from an entertaining family abundant with potential story lines.
Following appearances on Good Morning America and other talk shows, TLC decided to cash in on what would prove to be one of their most successful ventures yet: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
The rest is, as they say, history! Following the series' premiere, Honey Boo Boo and her family skyrocketed into stardom and pop culture infamy.
Now that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has been cancelled due to Mama June's scandal with child molester, Mark McDaniel — it's nice to remember the family in more simpler times, back before they were famous and embroiled in scandal.
Though it's easy to get caught up in all of the family drama, it's important to keep in mind that at the center of this mess is one special child who continues to make us laugh.
So, let's take a look back at Honey Boo Boo's best moments with this excruciatingly funny Toddlers & Tiaras clip:
We love you, Honey Boo Boo! Don't ever lose your fabulous spark and self-confidence no matter what!
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