Frankly, my dear, the days of girdles are long gone!
But on Wednesday night's Toddlers & Tiaras, Sydney's mom, Marlo, fastened her 11-year-old daughter into a tightly-bound corset.
As Marlo forcefully tied Sydney's dress, she explained: "It doesn't matter if you can breathe or not! It only matters if you look beautiful!"
"Could you go sell your soul to the Devil so we could pay for a new [Dress]?" Marlo quipped to Sydney's father.
She added: "I'm not a crazy pageant mom: I'm an insane one... The doctor says I'll be just fine with medication and lots of therapy!"
Sydney went on to win Grand Supreme at the International Fresh Faces Missouri Pageant.
"I'm ecstatic she got the Grand [Supreme]," her mom said. "If she'd gotten the Ultimate [Grand Supreme] cool! If she didn't get the ultimate, hey that's cool! We still got the Grand [Supreme]."
So who won the Ultimate Grand Supreme? An unexpected blonde girl named Samantha.
"It was crazy, because everyone counted on Maddie or me," Sydney said matter-of-factly. "But, no! This little girl came along and won the Ultimate today."