Written By: Blayne Alexander, WXIA
MACON, Ga. -- She's a self-proclaimed "Diva Beauty Queen" who practically lives in the spotlight.
But try to sit Alana Thompson down for an interview, and you'll get exactly what you'd expect from a 7-year-old: a little girl who won't sit still.
But after three years in the pageant game, Alana knows rule number one: it's all about her. Holding her TV show poster on her lap, the girl affectionately known as "Honey Boo Boo" showed off her picture and made sure to point out every glamorous detail.
"This is my hair, well, my wig actually," she said. "And if you see, I have diamonds on my glasses."
The second grader is already mastering superstar status. Her TLC reality show, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," follows Alana and her family through their daily life in McIntyre, Ga.
The show has already gained a large national following; last month, ratings surpassed the Republican National Convention airing the same night. (A week later, the Democratic National Convention tied the show in ratings. "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" aired the same time as former President Bill Clinton's speech.)
And this week, Saturday Night Live parodied Honey Boo Boo and "Mama" during the Weekend Update segment.
But the self-proclaimed redneck family has drawn critics -- mainly those who believe the show casts a negative stereotype on Southerners, specifically Georgians.
"I don't claim to represent all of Georgia, I've never said that," said June Thompson, Alana's mother. "Those haters that are criticizing us about what's on the show are watching us every week. So we call them our 'closet fans,' people who don't wanna admit they watch the show."
Alana already has advice for those who want to be like her ("You gotta be sassy!"), but her aspirations go beyond the pageant world. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, the answer varies from veterinarian to Walmart employee.
Alana's mother says the show and pageant life will continue "as long as Alana's having fun."
"It's all about having fun and making memories with your kids and with your family," she said.
The season finale airs Wednesday, Sept. 26th on TLC.