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'Toddlers & Tiaras' girl wears a drag queen dress

7:47 AM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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(NBC TODAY) -- The pageant gowns featured on "Toddlers & Tiaras" are usually pretty glam, but 7-year-old Ariana is getting something a little extra special for her fiesta-themed competition on Wednesday's new episode of the show.

In an exclusive clip TLC is sharing with The Clicker, Ariana's grandmother Pam skips getting a fancy gown from a dressmaker and instead orders a frock from a website that caters to drag queens. Yes, drag queens. She reveals that because the gown is for a 7-year-old, she instructed the website "to make it long." (She should've also asked them to make it not orange.)

"The dress, it was gold and black. And if I was about 50 years younger, I'd have probably worn it myself!" Ariana's great-grandma, Pat, admits to the camera.

When Grandma Pam pulls the sparkly Tony the Tiger getup out of a box, Ariana's substitute coach Justin declares, "Oh my gosh! That spells fierce! Fierce!" (We suppose tigers are pretty fierce ... though maybe not so much the Christian Siriano type of fierce.)

But the little pageant princess seemed a little bit confused by the origin of her new gown. "A drag queen is a ... It means that you drag something and then you are a queen!" Ariana tells the cameras.

Oh, to be young and innocent again.

"Toddlers & Tiaras" airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on TLC.

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Anna Chan, TODAY

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