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Even though some say pageants are just for fun, beauty pageants in America should be limited due to the emotional and physical stress that is being put on young girls. There are so many confidence issues teenagers have to go through but when one is placed into pageants from a young age, those issues of confidence are compounded beyond what is normal. “Pageants, particularly those designed for young children; focus primarily on appearance, attire and perceived cuteness” (Villines). These young girls, most of the time, are being forced to look and act a certain way by their parents. Whether a child is willingly participating in pageants, or is coerced by a parent to participate, they primary focus is on beauty and that means a parents focus is on beauty too.
Because beauty pageants can be detrimental to a young child’s physical and emotional psyche, they should be banned for children under the age of 12. The pageant world is a place where mothers are able to hide their own insecurities by flaunting how “perfect and lovely” their children are. As shown on the TLC television program Toddlers and Tiaras, the children who would love to live out their childhood instead of spending all of their free time preparing to win pageants are incapable to do so because they have mothers who would much rather see them miserable and winning contests, instead of seeing them with a smile on their face, having fun, and enjoying their childhood with friends and family. Kayla McDowell, a freshman at Stephens College, and pageant critic, addresses “In the end, child beauty pageants force children to grow up much too soon, and they release them into a word they are too young to understand” (n. pag.)
These kid’s faces have foundation, fake eyelashes with mascara, and bright lipstick. On top of that they are wearing clothes that aren’t appropriate for kids. If they continue to act the way they do now the next generation of girls to be total brats. Some psychology experts believe that these pageants are teaching children to act and dress about ten years above their age. Therefor child beauty pageants should be banned.
In beauty pageants, children are instructed to “cover” themselves with heaps of make-up and wear of façade of sorts. This facade eats at a young girl's self-esteem, for she believes that she must transform into an ideal character fit to appeal to a set of judges based on outfit, personality, and looks ("Child"). If a young girl is constantly shrouded by the false ideologies and superficial aspects of pageantry, she will allow other people's perceptions to define who she is. Therefore, critics argue that beauty pageants teach young girls to focus only on developing their appearances (“Child”). Young girls begin to believe that their self-worth is measured by external attributes.
Fake hair, false teeth, spray tans, and waxed eyebrows are just a few things that some of these girls have when preparing to compete. The competition consists of young girls competing for the crown of beauty. Attention starved moms put their daughters in older aged attire and layer them up with makeup and glam to compete for the winning title. The judges pick for the most beautiful girl wins the title, a sparkly crown, a trophy, and cash. Even though beauty pageants teach children to compete, child pageants are affecting children’s childhood because the children grow up faster than they should and it teaches young girls that their true beauty doesn’t exist and they should dress and act older to make people think they are beautiful.
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Young girls are being placed in clothing that is overly provocative for them to be wearing at such a young age. The main goal in this paper is to show the immoralities of the pageant industry that young girls are participating in. In order to achieve the goal of this paper, information from different researchers will be presented. The first part of the paper will be to give information on how the pageant industry first got underway. Next, will be information on the number of young girls participating in pageants and the expenses for pageants cost the parents.