Who was Kailia Posey? What to know about the late ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ star

Kailia Posey tragically died at just 16 years old, her mom, Marcy Posey Gatterman, announced Monday.

“I don’t have words or any thoughts. A beautiful baby girl is gone,” she wrote without disclosing how the teen died. “Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever.”

While most knew the precocious teen from her days on TLC favorite “Toddlers & Tiaras,” there’s so much more to the young pageant pro who aspired to enter aviation.

Learn more about the late Posey below. The toddler hits television

Posey appeared in at least two episodes of TLC hit “Toddlers & Tiaras,” making her debut in 2012 when she was 5 years old in an episode entitled, “California Tropic Arizona.”

“Perfectionist Danielle, 10 and rivals Kayla, 4 and Kailia, 5 put it all on the line at the California Tropic Arizona pageant,” reads the episode’s IMDb bio.

In a 2016 episode, Posey’s mother reveals that the budding star began competing in pageants at 3 years old.

“She’a a pro when she hits that stage,” she added. “She’ll say she’s nervous, but once she hits that stage, she’s a pro.”

It adds that the talented high schooler was named to the Dean’s List for excelling academically during the 2020/2021 school year.