All about the look: Sasha Bennington is just 11 but her mother loves the way she looks Jayne is talking breezily about how Sasha had her first set of false nails glued on at eight, and now enjoys the sort of rigorous beauty regime - hair extensions, fake tans, pedicures - that was once the preserve of porn stars and Dolly Parton, not school children from Burnley in Lancashire. 'Because this country doesn't have a tradition of this sort of thing, the organisers didn't quite know how to play things. They kept saying they wanted the girls to look natural. The pair took a documentary team with them, and found what you'd expect at a U. beauty pageant held in a down-market-looking Texan hotel: mums parading their daughters like prize poodles, kids who look disturbingly like mini Celine Dions, and enough lipgloss to pose a drowning risk to the tiniest entrants. She explains how to turn your body round while holding the judges' eyes, before flipping your head round at the last minute 'like that Exorcist child'. It was just like a big theatrical event, like being transported to another world.'Underpinning the fairy tale, though, was a deep desire to win. 'People always said she looked like a Barbie in Miss British Isles, but the girls in Texas truly did,' enthuses Jayne. I watched them on the catwalk, with their arms held so precisely, walking slowly and turning just so. Why else would you be able to buy make-up for pre-teens at Boots? Former glamour model Jayne and daughter Sasha attend beauty pageants all over the world It wasn't an altogether beautiful experience. They take it so seriously, which can only be good for someone like Sasha. 'We went to this huge shop where there was every colour and style you could imagine.Valentines that exceed the limit will not be posted at all. Your Valentine should preferably not include links to websites, blogs or tumblrs.
She's a better role model than Britney Spears - any day.' Jayne always saw the public parading of Sasha as crucial to this goal, so maybe it's not surprising that she pushed the child Stateside, into a world few in Britain understand. ''I'm really proud that I've helped her get to this stage by giving her all the opportunities I can.
She chatters away about Sasha's media 'career', believing her daughter is a celebrity, and is proud to have been instrumental in making that happen. Going to the States was just the next stage in all of this, and it's been worthwhile.
At 11, Sasha Bennington is too young to remember the days when Jordan was just a country and being branded 'fake' was something to be ashamed of. 'Perhaps it's different in country areas, where they don't need to grow up so fast. Jayne tells me she was uneasy about the way the contest was run, citing odd rules about how much make-up should be applied to those pre-pubescent faces and including confusing clauses about how contestants could bring make-up artists but should try to look 'natural'. ' Earlier this year, Jayne was given free rein with the blusher when Sasha became the first British child to dip a scarlet-tipped toe into the American pageant scene. Why else would you be able to buy make-up for pre-teens at Boots? 'All the mums were up at 6am so they could get started on hair and make-up.'And everything is . You have to spend £2,000 on a pageant dress over there. Sasha just ran through all the dresses, she was in her element.
But maybe the youngster's biggest tragedy is that her mother, Jayne, 31, is in no hurry to paint a picture of how it used to be. 'We spend about £300 a month on beauty treatments for her. But, around big cities, girls have got to be more forward and act older than they are. 'I don't understand why people get so upset about it. At first, I think she is criticising the organisers for encouraging the children to look too adult. She means the girls - some of whom were still toddling - weren't allowed to look adult enough. Jayne was at her side, helping her practise her sashay. ' There was a jaw-dropping moment in the film - Sasha, Beauty Queen At 11, to be shown on July 14 on BBC3 at 9pm - when the pageant veteran charged with showing Sasha the ropes demonstrates how to walk like a beauty queen. Jayne talks about Sasha's media 'career', believing her daughter is a bona fide celebrity, and is proud to have been instrumental in making that happen 'Back home, we have to buy an adult dress and get it altered to fit, but there they are totally geared up for girls her age. The girls are encouraged to put on masses of make-up. I was amazed at how much there was to learn, but I knew I was in the hands of the experts.' Jayne and her husband, Martin, spent £26,000 on Sasha's presents, which included a swimming pool It seems that the main lesson learned was that her darling daughter could look like a plastic Barbie, and be rewarded with a sash to prove it.
She boasts she has met the pneumatic queen of the glamour world, and was even photographed with her. As she watched Jordan achieve extraordinary mainstream success, Jayne tried to forge her own path in the new world, where everything crass and ostentatious was celebrated rather than shunned. I just want the best for her.' Yet can 'the best' really involve holding her hand as she steps into a terrifyingly sexualised world? I'm just helping my daughter make something of her life.
She set up a limo hire business, and tried to get a foothold in the reality TV world, appearing on Wife Swap. I'm not past it yet.' She maintains it has always been Sasha who has driven her own 'career' forward. It is Jayne herself who says that her daughter looks 'about 18' when she has full make-up on. Any good mum would do the same.' After our interview, Jayne will be taking Sasha to cheerleading classes, in a further bid to realise that all-American dream.Please crop the image if there is a large link or try to find another picture.p .main-container #login input[type=text], .main-container #login input[type=password] .main-container #login input[type=text] .main-container #login input[type=password] .main-container #login div .main-container .remember-forgot .main-container .main-container .main-container #login div label .main-container button .main-container #social .main-container #social span .main-container #social span.facebook .main-container #social span.google .main-container #social span.twitter .main-container #social span.yahoo .main-container .main-container .Martin seems to exert no influence at all - 'I leave all that to Jayne,' he says. 'She wanted to get her belly button pierced and I said no,' she says. Sasha clearly has her belly button pierced, and is happy to display the evidence in her photo shoots. Lolita, 16, from Kiev, Ukraine, boasts the same improbable body proportions and blank facial features as a Barbie.The image I have in my head is of Exorcist Barbie, but Jayne sees something else entirely.