I never wanted them to follow my path necessarily, or to feel like they had to get my approval by being in pageants.So when Baylee said she wanted to [compete in Miss Utah USA] I was like, I’ve never been super dependent upon her for anything. Sometimes it is hard to separate her as a coach and as my mom, but first and foremost she’s my mom.You almost hurt a baby.’’ The employee replies, “stay out of it.’’ The woman and her kids are escorted off the plane, but the flight attendant is allowed to board.American issued a press release saying, “What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers.’’ The airline upgraded the woman to first class and put her on another flight.
Gretchen: It's kind of a tip-toe situation because, as the mom, if I come across with too much advice then it becomes the parent-child relationship dynamic [for Baylee], you know, . But, as far as interview and the techniques involved with pageants and so forth, it was like, Baylee: I actually wore my mom's preliminary contest gown for my first pageant.
The American Airlines plane was at the gate in San Francisco’s airport when the encounter took place. Fellow passenger, Surain Adyanthaya, posted it online with the caption: “OMG.
Flight attendant violently took a stroller from a lady with a baby on my flight, hitting her and just missing the baby.
Below, Baylee and her mom discuss what it's like, on both sides of the coin (or should that be crown?!
), to keep pageantry in the family at such a high level.