The Perils of Beauty Pageants for Young Girls

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Beauty pageants teach girls to be confident and independent, they build confidence for those involved. The Miss America pageant has been nationally televised since 1954. It has paid for schooling for dozens of girls, but at the same time can be derogatory and degrading toward women. Women can go too far to win and live up to the standards of former beauty pageant winners and contestants. At times young girls feel they have to live up to standards of these women when in reality they do not. Child beauty pageants are unacceptable and parents should take high precaution when sending their young daughters into this war zone of a competition. All mothers want their daughters to be successful and beautiful, but there is a point where it does go too far. Mark Sichel a New York based licensed clinical social worker stated "little girls are supposed to play with dolls, not be dolls" (Triggs).Younger and younger girls are becoming exposed to the immoral ways of the world. Some girls as young as 1 month old are put in pageants. Others have no choice because this is what their parents want for them repeatedly they are told "keep smiling" "point your toes" instead of "wash your hands" or "say please". This pageant world has taken over more than a few weekends it consumes their entire lives. As the popular TLC reality series "Toddlers and Tiaras" has reignited controversy over a culture made notorious by the JonBenet Ramsey tragedy , the parents behind these pageants continue to go to the extreme lengths to win ( Triggs ).Fake eyelashes spray tans and waxed eyebrows, these are few of the things that are done to make a pageant girl perfect. This is not appropriate for a 5 year old, even worse is there behavior and attitudes. Their beha... ... middle of paper ... ...r own lives would've been. Spending your life's savings on a competition that isn't even a guaranteed win is too big of a gamble. These girls should not have to deal with the emotional damage that comes with the withdrawal of the pageant world. Little girls need to be little girls, not pageant queens. Works Cited Anderson, SusanWallace, Amy. "Glamour Girls." Los Angeles Magazine 54.10 (2009): 148. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. HOLLANDSWORTH, SKIP. "Toddlers In Tiaras." Good Housekeeping 252.8 (2011): 150. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. O'NEILL, JUSTIN. "Should 4-Year-Olds Be Beauty Queens? (Cover Story)." Scholastic Scope 60.6 (2011): 20. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. Triggs, CharlotteWest, KayAradillas, Elaine. "Toddlers & Tiaras TOO MUCH TOO SOON? (Cover Story)." People 76.12 (2011): 160. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.

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