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Inside the Life of a Six-Year-Old Millionaire “Toddlers & Tiaras” Star Isabella Barrett: $10,000 Dresses, Filet Mignon, More

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm / Posted by


Thanks to rich parents and trust funds, there are plenty of children out there who are technically millionaires—but it’s pretty rare to find a kid who’s self-made and wealthy thanks to their own business ventures. Enter Isabella Barrett.

The sassy six-year-old first made a splash on “Toddlers & Tiaras,” the TLC show that became an instant guilty pleasure for anyone who enjoys seeing young girls addicted to hairspray and eyeshadow run around shrieking. Barrett was a fan favorite for her “tell it like it is” attitude, and caused controversy when she said one of her costars looked like a “hooker.” Barrett has since left the show—but moved on to greener pastures which include her jewelry line Glitzy Girl.

Glitzy Girl has been enormously successful thanks to its charm bracelets and makeup, and has allowed Barrett a live a life of luxury. According to Barrett’s mother, who opened up to The Telegraph, when it comes to pageants, which she has taken a step back from to focus on business, she always has custom made dresses which costs up to $10,000. She also needs constant spray tans and hair extensions, as well as fake teeth that cost $500.

Barrett, never one to be modest, is enjoying life to the fullest, stating, “I’m a superstar, I have my own jewelry line and I love being the boss. But what I love more than anything is shoes. I have over 60 pairs.” Her favorite brand of shoes is Michael Kors, and she has tons of Burberry headbands.

However, her biggest splurge is room service. She loves luxury hotels, but eating is her passion. One time, she ordered $2,200 of food to the room including filet mignon and lobster—two of her favorite dishes. Her mother didn’t mind, and exclaimed, “I know it seems pompous, but to us it’s just funny and part of her personality.” Another splurge Barrett’s mom didn’t seem to mind? A mini Cadillac for the child star.

While Barrett’s family doesn’t seem to be exhibiting the class and restraint of iconic old money families like the Astors or Vanderbilts, they are clearly subscribing to the age old motto, “If you got it, flaunt it!” So they can keep flaunting it all they want, we just hope some of their hard earned cash is tied up in some sound investments.

What do you think of Barrett’s fabulously absurd life?

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  1. pjo says:

    American parenting. Garbage

    • Jeff Castillo says:

      I second that.

      • Directioner says:

        Me too. When I have my child, I won’t pamper her like this. I put her into this world and I can take her out

    • KraftedKhaos says:

      @pjo It’s got nothing to do with ‘American’ parenting, and everything to do with the LACK of ANY parenting. As rude and ignorant as Americans may seem to the rest of the world, it’s just as rude (and ignorant!) to disparage us all by saying such a thing.

      I suppose if she were British we could say her fake teeth were due to typical British oral hygiene? That’s just as ignorant and bigoted as your own statement, and just as insulting to those of us who think she’s just a spoiled brat, regardless of country of origin.

      As for the article itself, while I personally see it as disgusting, no matter how old she may be, to be so frivolous with money, especially in such hard economic times, as Teddi said, she earned it, she can spend it how she likes.

      Her parents are the ones who should be bearing the brunt of the scorn, because children are a direct reflection of the way they were raised, especially at that age. Not only that, but they are seriously slacking in their parental duties by encouraging her financial irresponsibility, instead of teaching her the proper way to care for funds… but how can anyone expect her to act any differently than she is, when her entire life, her parents have been indulging her and frivolously spending money on her and her pageantry? She’s been raised to see it as her right.

      I pity her, because when the money’s gone and she finds herself fat ($2,000+ on room service? Really?!?), poor and obnoxious, she’s going to find life’s not the carnival ride her parents allowed her to think it was.

      Today a novelty, tomorrow a memory.

      • SiggiAnn says:

        I agree with alot of what you say. Who are watching the parents, though?. They let this little girl do this so THEY can enjoy the lifestyle of the rich and temporarily famous. There is the Jackie Coogan law for the child actors but what or who is watching out for the future of this little child? It’s certainly NOT her parents. I am sad for her for many of the reasons you named.

    • Virginia says:

      Disgusting, she’s not learning any values of life.

  2. LM B says:

    Little creep. Can you just envision what this lovely young lady will be like as a young adult and beyond? Uggghhhhh….bad enough that EVERYONE seems to feel a sense of entitlement these days, but to have a little cash behind you as well…just sad.

  3. jasman says:

    has nothing to do with being american.

  4. Anthony says:

    So this is what the country is becoming. A six year old paying people at a hotel min wage to order thousands of dollars worth of food and parenting out the window. Sadly more proof if your rich you can get away with anything and treat people as bad as you want.

    • Bajarich says:

      Why don’t you work hard and become rich numbnuts? She earned it! Or should she sit around and skip classes until she works at hotels for peanuts and blame the world for it? Get real.

    • Teddi says:

      Sorry, Anthony. But if you were trying to make a point with sense, then I don’t see it. What I do see is that whatever point you were attempting to make being extremely close-minded. What this girl spends in a hotel, can only benefit those working in those hotels. Regardless of her age. The food she (and people like her) buys gives the chef, sous chef, and even the dishwasher their paychecks and a measure of job security.

      So I have no idea what your issue is. You better thank God the 1% are prone to buying things they don’t absolutely need or else this economy will shift straight down from a recession into depression status. We need them spending, and we need them spending on things that aren’t essential. The company that’s making the dresses for her, I am sure appreciates the fact that she isn’t shopping for them at Walmart. The dressmaker that alters her duds too would be grateful.
      You look at people with more money than you and your first thought is to bash them for spending on frivolous items. But if you would bother to see how our economy actually works, their frivolity is what is keeping many people in business, is giving many people a more secure job, and allowing workers to pay their rent/mortgages.

      I really don’t care if the dishwasher or the maid are making minimum wage, or at the very least far less than she is. Employees get paid based on job demand, experience and education. The dishwasher is never going to be paid $500/hour. Nor should he be. But we’ve all had to do grunt work in jobs we hate to put in our dues and climb the ladder. You need to think before expressing such ridiculous views.

  5. Teddi says:

    I kinda figured people would be bashing her for her lifestyle and spending habits, which I think is wrong. Usually. I am a big believer in: if you’ve earned it, if you can afford it, if it’s yours then spend it however you want to. But I have to say something about this.

    I’m not going to ask why she needs a $10,000 dress. What I am going to ask is, why are her dresses $10,000? A woman can go to Saks and Neiman and be hardpressed to even find $10,000 dresses for adults. What’s in hers? Are they lined in gold, encrusted in diamonds? What could they possibly be made of to warrant a price tag of $10,000? That’s ridiculous. If she keeps this up she’ll be broke by 21. The novelty of her bracelets will wear off soon enough. And why in the world does a 6 year old need a spray tan. SHE’S SIX!!!!

  6. KAren Rogers says:

    Why don’t the parents hire a reputable financial advisor and show this young lady some discipline? How in the world does a child her age know how to handle big money, let alone $10? If she were my child I would certainly sit down with her and set down a few rules. Shame on the parents. I think it’s O.K. to splurge once in a while but it sounds as if this little princess gets anything and everything her little heart desires.

    • Teddi says:

      You know, after giving it some more thought, I started to wonder, could they just be exaggerating? If any of you have ever watched any of the Real Housewives franchises, you will know and understand the concept. 1st season the women area in an apparent competition to portray how rich they are and how perfect their lives are. Lest we forget the Sheree “what’s a budget” and the one who said she knew she was destined for greatness. Theresa’s view that she spends as much money as possible to help the economy because her husband told her there was a recession going on.

      In the 2nd and 3rd seasons you find out many of the homes were either rented or in foreclosure. Their lifestyles were bankrolled from a little corporate embezzlement or loans, and the sports cars aren’t there’s. Far from living on caviar and champagne, they’re in hock up to their eyebrows so they can pretend to America that they are living the dream. Watch some episodes of MTV Cribs or Teen Cribs. They make it sound as if they have more money they can spend. few months after half those episodes air their “custom built dream homes” are up for sale or in foreclosure. And the driveway full of cars were rented just for the filming. It’s entirely plausible that all of what the mother is saying about this girl is all hogwash to make the SEEM more wealthy and important than they really are.

    • Miara Iriss says:

      I defineitly agree.

    • SiggiAnn says:

      Karen, It would seem the parents are not capable of coming to that conclusion. Really shame on them for not doing that when the child had several hundred thousand in the bank (or under the mattress.) What comes to mind is the movie with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ” What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” and how Baby Jane ended up. It would seem that the parents don’t know, care or understand what it is to have much money-somewhat like the woman who won the lottery, obviously didn’t know how to handle money either and blew through 10 million dollars in 10 years. While the parents allow this child to “act” like this, they reap the good life just by being the ignorant parents. They won’t/don’t care what is being written about themselves, they will be laughing all the way to the bank.

  7. Nj P says:

    It’s always the people who don’t have millionaire status who bash those who do. How do you know her parents haven’t engaged reputable financial advisors? How do you know anything behind the scenes? It’s great that her parents enabled her to achieve what most adults won’t. Money is to enjoy. With her parents support she earned it at a young age. Good for her. Congratulations.

    • Teddi says:

      Nj P, I think the point here is that it seems that they are surpassing having fun to full on spoiled. I have never had, nor will I ever have an issue with those of wealth doing with it as they wish with it. It is irritating to me when people take issue with the size of someone’s house or how many cars they have. If they earned it, then they can spend it.
      But those are adults.
      When it comes to children, they need to have boundaries, need discipline, need to be told “no” every once in a while. Otherwise we end up with very spoiled, very self absorbed teenagers and even worse adults. There needs to be a certain amount of temperance.
      The first time I felt respect for our First Lady is when she said the girls have to make their own beds every morning and they each have their chores. I firmly believe children of parents who are wealthy or who hold a certain amount of social standing are harder to raise, simply because it’s so easy to buy them everything and give them everything. It’s so easy to forego chores and responsibilities when there are nannies and housekeepers doing everything. I grew up with live in housekeepers, I never understood the point of me doing the dishes or cleaning my room or doing my own laundry when no one else had to. Now I get it.
      I don’t care if she likes lobster or fillet mignon. If it’s what she likes, then it’s what she likes. But I think it would be wise for these parents to put her on an allowance instead of allowing her to run up tabs without thought of cost. If she can’t do it now, she’s going to have big issues later. You ever see a lottery winner 5 years later and wonder how on earth they managed to blow through millions of dollars that quickly? This is how. No boundaries. No understanding of budgeting and its importance.

  8. a girl says:

    okay, so maybe she could use some discipline. But i cant help noticing that millionaires dont bash us but we insult them endlessley. She did earn the money herself.. so quit complaining and how about working hard and making your own million dollars?

    • Teddi says:

      a girl, I agree we can be all needlessly harsh with our 1% and celebrity bashing, but don’t think for a second they don’t also speak ill of us. They may not publicize it the way we do, but they do it just the same. Every once in a while something gets leaked and we’re privy to their true thoughts. Human nature is human nature, rich or poor and we all like to tell others what to do, how to live and how to parent.

  9. Jud says:

    Whatever trips the trigger!!!

  10. BSR says:

    Hopefully, since her true passion is eating, she will get fat and will have to deal with real problems. Maybe, she will be nicer.

  11. maria zackery says:

    frist of all god bless her for having that kind of money. most of us don”t. and we like it just find and even lf i could aford it i would not be buying one dress for 10,000 dollars.she should put her money up for a rainie day. her parents find it funny a child ordering all that food for2,200 dollars just to hear they appove of her doing that makes me mad as hell. why they cannot teach her the value of money yes she has it but it does not mean she should run through her money like that and her parent should teach her these things.and i do not care how much money she makes her parents is who she suppose to learn from one day they will which they can solve the world hunger issues and homeless issues with that type of money. but for now shes having fun hope she do not pay a price later.


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