Kailia Posey (2006-2022) was an American actor and model, who committed suicide on May 2, 2022. She is popular as the ‘Grinning Girl’ in her viral gif from the American reality television series ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ (2012).
Kailia Posey was born on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 (age 16 years; at the time of death), in Washington, US. Her zodiac sign is Aries.
She was pursuing her studies at Lynden High School in Washington, US, as of 2022. In an interview, she shared that she wanted to study aviation and become a commercial pilot.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Weight (approx.): 55 kg
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel Green
Body Measurements (approx.): 36-28-34
Parents & Siblings
Her stepfather, Steve Gatterman, is a football coach, and her mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, is a flight attendant. She had two brothers named Kyle Dale and Kai (American football player). She had a half brother named Dane.
At the age of 5, Kailia made her debut as one of the contestants in the American TV reality show ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ (2012). Her gif of ‘grinning girl’ from the TV show became very popular on social media.
She went on to participate in various other beauty pageants like ‘Noty/Soty Buddy’ and ‘Mega Ultimate Grand Supreme.’
She acted in the American horror film ‘Eli’ (2019) in which she played the role of Agnes Thorne.
She participated in the Miss Washington Teen USA (2022) beauty pageant which was held at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center in Renton, Washington. In the pageant, she received the Miss Lynden Teen US title and finished as the second runner-up.
On May 2, 2022, she committed suicide, and her body was found at Birch Bay State Park, Washington. Her mother took to Facebook to share the news of Kailia’s demise. She wrote,
I don’t have words or any thoughts. A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever.”
- Kailia was a contortionist and used to perform with the American entertainment company Cirque du Soleil.
- In childhood, she was featured in the print advertisement of the soft drink brand Fanta.