Beauty Pageant Problems

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Have you ever watched the reality television show Toddlers & Tiaras? Toddlers & Tiaras is a show about the glitz of the pageant world that little girls are more than likely forced, by their parents, to participate in. It is mandatory for them to have fake tans, fake eye lashes, fake teeth, and a ridiculous amount of make-up. Not to mention the unsuitable outfits these girls’ parents vow that they wear. Beauty pageants exploit little girls and attract sexual predators. Beauty pageants, such as, Toddlers & Tiaras have ludicrous rules that the little girls must follow to even be considered the level of an Ultimate Grand Supreme. In the “Pro Am Pageants”, it is mandatory for the child to have a glittery outfit, a fake tan, and a flipper (fake teeth). The ages of the little girls that are casted on Toddlers & Tiaras range from six months to ten years old. The show provides viewers not only with the full name and ages of these young girls, but also their hometown. Given all of the social media and internet, think about how simple it would be for a pedophile to track down these innocent young girls and take advantage of them. Annette Hill, owner of the Universal Royal Beauty Pageant, quotes, "When we talk high-glitz, we mean the glitzier the better, and we make no apologies for it," (Skip Hollandsworth). The more that the child looks like a Barbie, the higher they will score. These little girls deserve to have a typical childhood, and not be forced to live vicariously through their parents. Many of these little girls have even stated on live television that this they do not want to be a pageant girl. Applying make-up and fake tans on these children is making them look like a grown adult. Life is too short and childhood is too preciou... ... middle of paper ... ... could be pedophiles watching and they are beautiful without all the glitz. That way it is insuring the safety of the girls and the safety of their confidence. Works Cited Anderson, Susan. High Glitz: The Extravagant World of Child Beauty Pageants. New York: PowerHouse, 2009. Print. Bartolomeo, Joey. "Father Knows Glitz." People 74.16 (2010): 64. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.Anderson, Susan. High Glitz: The Extravagant World of Child Beauty Pageants. New York: PowerHouse, 2009. Print. Chin, Staceyann. "Beauty & The Boob Tube." Advocate 1026 (2009): 76. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. Ellis, Rosemary. "Pretty Babies." Good Housekeeping 252.8 (2011): 21. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 14 Jan. 2014. HOLLANDSWORTH, SKIP. "Toddlers In Tiaras." Good Housekeeping 252.8 (2011): 150. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.

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