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From Taylor to Temple? Xia Vigor’s dad bares deal for her as Hollywood’s new child star

Alan Vigor defends daughter from remarks that she was being ‘sexualized’

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Child star Xia Vigor, who gained international attention for her impersonation of Taylor Swift in the ABS-CBN competition “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids,” may soon hit Hollywood for what could be her most ambitious transformation in her career.

Vigor’s father, British civil engineer Alan Vigor, announced his daughter was offered a Hollywood deal to become the “next Shirley Temple,” the most famous child star during her heyday in the 1930s.

Xia Vigor drew praises for her impersonation of Taylor Swift. (Photo from the Facebook page of Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids/ABS-CBN) | mb.com.ph

Xia Vigor drew praises for her impersonation of Taylor Swift.
(Photo from the Facebook page of Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids/ABS-CBN) | mb.com.ph

“A Hollywood director contacted us and said he wants her over in America. He said: ‘I’ve been waiting all my life for the next Shirley Temple and I’ve finally found her.’ I can’t tell you who the director is—it’s top secret at the moment,” Mr. Vigor told MailOnline, the website of British tabloid The Daily Mail.

He added the director is now trying to coax Xia’s mother, Christy Bernardo, into accepting the offer.

Entering showbiz at the age of three, Shirley Temple became a star in the 1934 movie Bright Eyes. Her fame spawned a number of merchandise but it waned upon hitting adolescence until she retired from showbiz at age 22. She returned to the limelight in the 1970s but as a civil servant, with a stint as U.S. ambassador to Ghana and White House chief of protocol under then Pres. Gerald Ford.

Vigor and Bernardo—separated but in good terms—also responded to comments by British journalist Piers Morgan that the child is being “sexualized” for her Taylor Swift impersonation.

In the British morning show Good Morning Britain, Morgan told his co-hosts that seeing the stunt is “one of the creepiest things” he has ever watched.

“How old is she? It’s not good. The whole sexualization of young girls like this, I don’t like it at all I’m afraid, and that is my withering verdict.

“Everyone is saying ‘Oh, it’s so cute,’ it’s not cute. Don’t like it. It just means millions of young girls are going to be slapping on makeup and lipstick and all that. It’s just not right,” Morgan quipped.

“He’s wrong… We know the bigger picture over here so we don’t worry about Piers Morgan,” Mr. Vigor told the British newspaper.

Ms. Bernardo also told MailOnline: “Xia is very into everything. She is a very inquisitive girl and she wants to do a lot of things and I want to give her that chance.

“People may say she’s on TV and I’m exploiting her but she does many things people don’t see. At Christmas we visited a poor village and she gave her toys away to the children there.”

Other news organizations such as The Huffington Post, Time and People Magazine were more positive of the Filipino-British child star’s performance.

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