Its hunger the parents carve for. Mothers start to notice their 5 year old show interest of dancing and singing, they decide to force them into beauty pageants. Some of the mothers get really competitive not only with the other mothers but as well as the other contestants. They might not know they are harming their child and think it’s for the fun of it. I know that they do use some kind of “special juice” and they have “pageant crack” to keep their toddler energized.
In beauty pageants, young girls are introduced to a completely new world where everything is about winning that big crown at any expense.They must participate in face to face judgment. They basically walk up and down a stage and wait to be judged on how pretty they look or how much effort they can put into a costume It really gives them the opportunity to experience first hand judgment so it helps them in the long run. Like the other contestants, she will be mainly with adults. It’s possible the only people she will see are her parents and/or trainers and people who help with the preparation of the pageants. It’s likely they with become more comfortable with adults ,considering the fact that they deal with them for so long, outside of pageant competing.
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Beauty pageants not only destroy self-esteem, but they are very unhealthy in a young child’s life. Just picture it, a young girl winning her first crown. Look at the joy in her face and her parents face. This was her first beauty pageant, she did it all for the fun and thrill of being the cutest. What happens when her parents get too “involved” with their daughters winning?
Is it acceptable for toddler girls under the age of six to dress and act the way a twenty-six year old women would dress and act, just to participate in child beauty pageants? Young girls dressed in revealing clothing, being caked in make-up, getting fake tans, wearing fake eyelashes, teeth, hair, and nails, or even performing extremely mature routines are a few reasons pertaining to why it is unacceptable for toddlers to be in the modeling industry. Beauty pageants are very popular in the United States, and are growing rapidly (A Beauty Pageant Ban). Toddlers and Tiaras is a popular television show promoting children in beauty pageants causing contestant entries to rise. It’s estimated in the United States alone each year 250,000 children compete in child pageants of that, over 100,000 are girls under the age of twelve (Rapport).
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.
Mothers who have children in beauty pageants argue that their children gains a boost of confidence through performing in front of crowds. They are also more socially comfortable around other people, and their children mature at a younger age than “normal” children do. Isn’t seeing a child “growing old before my eyes” a bad thing. What parent wants to see their child grow up any... ... middle of paper ... ...m have finished with the first of three long days. She looks at her mom with teary eyes as she walks off stage empty handed.
Most of these children are too young to even understand what is going on. From the day these kids can crawl they are welcomed onto the stage of any pageant to compete for the grand prize. During childhood the foucus should be on learning and playing instead of being viewed as a Barbie doll. Paisley Dickey, age three, participated in a "Toddlers and Tiara's "pageant where her mother dressed her as a prostitute portraying Julia Roberts in the film "P... ... middle of paper ... ...t matter if you can't breathe. It matters if it looks good", says the mother of a beauty pagent child.
Naturally, young girls love to dress-up as their mothers and wear their make-up, clothing, and heels. Children’s imagination and inclination to pretend characterizes childhood. However, in the world of pageantry, there is a blur between little girls’ imagination and transforming into a fake “persona.” Although some parents believe beauty pageants are healthy competition for children, beauty pageants exploit young girls by glamorizing perfection, unrealistically portraying girls as “Barbies,” and by setting a superficial expectation in which self-esteem ties to attractiveness. Some people believe that beauty pageants hinder self-growth and heighten self-hate. In beauty pageants, children are instructed to “cover” themselves with heaps of make-up and wear of façade of sorts.