The episode is scheduled for 9 p.m.
The toddler’s parents submitted her to be on the show, and she was cast at 24 months, her mother said.
“She will be one of the youngest to be featured, so we were really surprised when we got it,” said Juliet Winkowski.
The episode follows Bella and other young beauty queens at the “Out of This World” pageant in Darien that was presented last March.
Some have criticized child pageants and the show for alleged exploitation of the young contestants, but Winkowski said she and her husband keep everything age-appropriate for their daughter.
“We always put her in age-appropriate outfits,” she said. “She was a one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people-eater for this pageant, since it was space-themed.”
Winkowski said the show was “very scripted.”
“A lot of the situations were very set-up. They asked if we were ever late to pageants, and we said no, so they set up a situation where they made it look like we were late and wouldn’t let her get on stage,” she said. “You have to take everything that happens on the show with a grain of salt.”
Winkowski said the show did not pay for any pageant fees and did not pay them any royalties.
“It probably cost us more money than it was worth, because we hadn’t planned on doing that pageant until we got the call from TLC,” Winkowski said. “But we had a lot of fun doing it. Bella even has fans in other countries sending her teddy bears. All of these little kids in Brazil idolize her.”
Bella has been doing pageants since she was 15 weeks old, her mother said.
“My stepdaughter actually came home from school one day and told us she wanted to be in a fundraiser pageant when she was 10,” Winkowski said. “I was kind of like, ‘We’re not pageant people,’ but we kind of got into it and put Bella in, and she won everything. We’ve been doing them ever since.”
Bella has participated in about 50 pageants and has won 43 to 45 times, her mother said. But Bella did not win the pageant in which she was filmed for the show, Winkowski said.
Crews filmed everything the family did at their house for two long days in the week leading up to the pageant. Her stepdaughter, Shelle, 13, and son, Brennan, 11, also were filmed.
Winkowski said while the toddler seems to love being in pageants, they would never force her to do them. Bella is now taking a break and sticking to gymnastics.