In this Monday, July 22, 2013 photo, Wiggles fans from left, Adam, Alexia and Jonathan dance during a public appearance of the group at a outer city shopping center in Sydney, Australia. Emma Watkins, the first woman to join The Wiggles, a sort of Australian fab four of the preschool set, is making her U.S. debut, kicking off a nationwide tour in Philadelphia on Saturday and debuting new episodes of “Ready, Steady, Wiggle!” on Sprout on August 19, 2013. There’s no doubt they can inspire a room of toddlers. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
NEW YORK (AP) — A little girl growing up today has no shortage of strong female role models — senators and presidential candidates, CEOs and astronauts, governors and secretaries of state.
And now, a female Wiggle.
Emma Watkins, the first woman to join The Wiggles — a sort of Australian fab four of the preschool set — is making her U.S. debut, kicking off a nationwide tour in Philadelphia on Saturday and starring in new episodes of “Ready, Steady, Wiggle!” on Sprout on Aug. 19.
In the Crayola-coded Wiggles world, Emma is the Yellow Wiggle, and on early portions of the tour in Australia and Canada, she attracted enough tiny yellow clones with enormous bows on their heads that they called it the Mini-Emma Army.
“We’ve seen so many children arrive at the show dressed like me, head to toe with the big yellow bow, but they’re not changing the size of the bow so it’s bigger than their heads,” Watkins said by phone from Australia.
Watkins is joined in the new version of the group by original Blue Wiggle Anthony Field and two fellow newbies: Red Wiggle Simon Pryce and Login to read more