Secrets of Honey Boo Boo and her kooky family

She’s already a superstar in the US but reality star Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson, is looking to take over the world.


by Maggie Hitchins |
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The seven-year-old beauty pageant queen shot to fame in 2012 after her TLC series ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ became an instant hit in the US.

She has 722,176 Facebook followers including celebrities Jennifer Lawrence, Britney Spears and Snooki.

The popular show, set in Georgia, features the antics of the young girl as she takes part in pageant contests as well as her colourful family including her mum June, dad Sugar Bear, three older sisters and Uncle Poodle.Here are 8 useful facts to get you in the know about the girl who is set to become Britain’s biggest child star.

She was 'discovered' as a beauty Queen

Honey Boo Boo first appeared in Toddlers and Tiaras – a reality show about beauty pageants.

The beauty pageant aspect is still a very big topic in 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ as her mum continues to help her win them.

The seven-year-old can often act like a diva on the show...but somehow she pulls it off and it makes us love her more.

She's 'Redneck and proud'

The family lives and the show is filmed in the county of McIntyre, Georgia. They are self proclaimed rednecks in their culture as a family.

Honey Boo Boo and family Boo Jan 13
Honey Boo Boo and family Boo Jan 13

She also has a pet miniature pig named Glitzy.

She has millionds of fan

Her show ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ has around 2 million viewers for each episode in the 18-49 demographic.

It’s the highest rated show on the TLC American network and even beat the 2012 Republican National Convention.

She has a sparkling way with words

She is famous for her unique catchphrases which include ‘A dollar makes me holla’, ‘You’d better get redneckognise’ and ‘And nothing wrong with a little gay’

Everyone in her family has a nickname

Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson

Mum: June "Mama" Shannon and Coupon Queen

12 year old sister: Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon

17 year old sister: Anna "Chickadee" Shannon

15 year old sister: Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon

Dad: Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson

Anna's baby: Kaitlyn "Baby Kaitlyn" Shannon

She has a controversial habit

Her mother has received wide criticism for the juice she gives her called, Go-Go-Juice, which is a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull.

She has A-list fans

She has a number of celebrity fans from Jennifer Lawrence and Tina Frey to Britney Spears.

**She's a Democrat at heart - and Obama is grateful for that **

In response to Mitt Romney saying that he preferred Jersey Shore’s Snooki to Honey Boo Boo, she said that she backs Barack Obama for President.

Barack Obama even took the opportunity to acknowledge Honey Boo Boo's endorsement of him during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in October 2012, saying:

'We're getting to the point where people are making up their minds. Just the other day, Honey Boo Boo endorsed me, so that's a big relief.'

**You can watch ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ exclusively on TLC


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