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'Toddlers' mom: 'Pretty Woman' outfit is harmless

Paisley on "Toddlers & Tiaras."
Paisley on "Toddlers & Tiaras."TLC / Today

Readers may be outraged that pageant mom Wendy Dickey dressed daughter Paisley as Julia Roberts' character Vivian Ward in "Pretty Woman" for a beauty pageant featured on Wednesday night's episode of "Toddlers & Tiaras," but the mother doesn't see the problem.

Dickey told TMZ that the controversial outfit -- blonde wig, thigh-high boots, short skirt and itty bitty white top -- was "less revealing than gymnastics wear and swimsuits." She also said that "no harm was done to my child" by wearing the racy costume.

Dickey also defended her parenting skills to TMZ.

"I'm raising my child just as well as any mother does ... I take my kid to church every week," the pageant mom told the gossip site. "I don't know why people are focusing so much on pageant moms when there's much more harmful things people are letting their children do!"

The much-buzzed about episode of "Toddlers & Tiaras" airs tonight at 10 p.m. on TLC.

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