Toddlers and Tiaras aired on TLC from 2009 to 2016 and featured the lives of contestants and the families who participated in child beauty pageants. Arguably the true star of the series was Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, who stole the spotlight and won her own spinoff show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Well, if the apple doesn’t fall from the tree, neither does honey, as Thompson’s mother, Mama June, got a reality TV gig for herself boldly named: Mama June: From Not to Hot.
The WeTV docu-drama follows the course of Mama June’s weight-loss journey and her search for a new love — as it came after her split from her allegedly philandering partner, “Sugar Bear.” To kick off her weight-loss, Mama June underwent surgery for a gastric sleeve, which reduces the size of your stomach, making you feel full after eating less. The gastric sleeve worked as advertised. In fact, it worked so well that she made the decision to undergo surgery yet again to remove some excess skin. “Her stomach started looking gross,” her eldest daughter, Pumpkin, told ET, adding, “It was hanging from where she lost so much weight, and her arms and her chin, so she got [the skin on] her stomach removed.”
The entire weight loss journey, which began at 450 pounds, culminated at her ex’s wedding, from which her invitation was rescinded by the bride. Regardless, Mama June still made an appearance, showing off her new size 4 figure.