Pageant queen becomes a millionaire at age six
At just six years old, this pageant queen was living the life of luxury with millions of dollars to splurge on parties and vacations.
At just six years old, Isabella Barrett was living a life of luxury.
She had £25,000-a-week (AUD43,685) pocket money, enjoyed lobster dinners and a personal driver, reports The Sun.
She became a millionaire after launching her own clothing and jewelry line following her appearance on the hit American TLC show, Toddlers and Tiaras.
Now 15, she modeled at New York Fashion Week and revealed she had created her own label House of Barretti.
The ex-beauty queen, who has won 55 crowns and 85 titles during her pageant career, let Truly go backstage with her as she took her clothes to the catwalk.
But she claimed her life was no long walk in the park, explaining that not all of the businesses she had had succeeded, although her gemstone business for children (which made her a millionaire at six) and House of Barretti have been. A teddy bear business failed, she says.
“I have a jewelry line that made me a million dollars, I had a clothing line that made me a million dollars,” she told Truly.
“But I always hang out with my friends, we go jet-skiing.”
She revealed she recently got her own checkbook – splashed at a party which cost £69,000 (AUD120).
“Being a self-made millionaire has opened so many doors for me…but as long as I’m having fun, that’s all that matters,” she added.
She previously told Twenty2 how she became a childhood pageant star in the US after trying just one and getting hooked.
“I tried a contest, and loved it and ended up being picked up by the German TV show crew, and then it all took off from there,” she said.
Despite her lavish lifestyle, she said she had modest ambitions at the time and dreamed of becoming a teacher, although she earned her first million before finishing primary school.
Since leaving the pageant world, she has become a successful entrepreneur, with a range of skincare, beauty and fashion lines, as well as a busy day modeling for various brands.
She also appeared on the catwalks from the age of nine, and an astonishing 60 pairs of shoes and her 14 Juicy Couture tracksuits.
She launched her first independent fashion line in 2021, making her runway debut at New York Fashion Week in September.
“When I was younger and doing pageants and even now I felt it was hard to find something to wear for teenagers and adults because everything was too dressy, too irritating or too uncomfortable,” she said.
“I’ve created an adult film crew and line for kids and adults who are in the spotlight.”
“They can wear something casual but also very dressy, very formal and comfortable and look great.”
And when asked if she’d rather be rich or famous, Bella said, “Being famous is because I meet friends. It’s not always about the money, it’s about meeting new friends and having fun.
“It’s really fun because I travel a lot and meet a lot of new friends.”
Now his estimated value is nearly $2 million.
The fashion-obsessed young socialite has over 1.6 million followers and appeared in an Amazon documentary, The Next Big Thing.
“It’s great because I know everyone looks up to me, which is a big responsibility,” she told the Mirror.
“My fans love me, they tell me I’m really cool and really pretty – there’s nothing wrong with being famous.”
Isabella’s mother, Susanna, said her daughter “definitely has expensive taste, but that’s because our family appreciates quality – it’s not because of fame”.
Susanna has also been criticized for letting her daughter wear makeup at such a young age.
“People ask me how I could put her in pageant outfits and let her wear makeup and heels, but I think I did a really good job – her manners are impeccable. She loves her job,” said she declared.
“I want her to be what she wants to be. As a mum, that’s all you want for the kids – just be happy.