Many knew the younger pageant competitor by way of a viral gif of her look on the TLC present.
Actress and ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ alumna Kailia Posey, who many knew with out realizing it from a viral GIF, has died at 16, her mom mentioned Monday.
“I don’t have phrases or any ideas,” Marcy Posey Gatterman wrote. “A phenomenal child woman is gone. Please give us privateness as we mourn the lack of Kailia. My child eternally.”
Posey’s reason behind demise was not launched as of Tuesday afternoon.
Posey appeared in only one episode of TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras”, a long-running actuality present documenting the world of kid magnificence pageants across the U.S. Her mom mentioned on the present that Posey began competing in pageants at 3 years outdated, exhibiting her expertise as a contortionist.
However one second on the episode left an enduring impression on the web. A GIF exhibiting the then 5-year-old smiling and scrunching up her face whereas trying to the aspect has been fashionable for years. The GIF, dubbed “grinning woman”, made her recognizable even outdoors the TLC present’s fanbase.
In response to Posey’s Instagram, she continued to compete in pageants into her teenage years and have become Miss Teen Lynden WA USA in February 2022. Her private Instagram web page was flooded Tuesday with feedback mourning her loss.
She additionally just lately competed in Miss Teen Washington USA. In response to the pageant’s web site, she deliberate to check aviation in school and grow to be a business pilot. In addition to being named to her college’s Dean’s Checklist, the pageant mentioned she had carried out contortion with Cirque du Soleil.
She additionally appeared within the Netflix horror movie “Eli”.
Posey’s mom shared a number of photos of her daughter, together with one with a halo and angel wings. Days in the past on Saturday, Gatterman had posted pictures of Posey and her buddies dressed for promenade.