Satisfactory Essays
Is Beauty Helping or Hindering? After a discussion about JonBenet Ramsey in class, I decided to further look into the issues of beauty pageants. JonBenét Patricia Ramsey was an American child beauty pageant queen who was murdered at only six years old in 1996. Her body was found in the basement of her home in Boulder, Colorado, only eight hours after her family reported her missing. It is believed that her murder and sexual assault was caused by the over sexualized image of girl in beauty pageants. The media often described her as "a painted baby, a sexualized toddler beauty queen.” she looked like a miniature women and not a six year old girl. The case was later opened back up and her brother was a suspect. The case still sadly remains unsolved. I believe that image portrayed at beauty pageants could be a reason for her tragic death. My opinion is that child beauty pageants are very hurtful for girls, even in their adult years. In the documentary about Ramsey, an ex-beauty pageant participant stated, “Beauty pageants often cause long and short term effects on children. Even though they are made to be competitive “fun”, there is a clear and harsh reality of child beauty pageants and its negative impact on the young children. Child beauty pageants, this experience could be more harmful than helpful. Child beauty pageants could be more of a horrifying situation than a “horror movie”’. Beauty pageants can cause many mental issues for these young girls, especially the fear of never being “good enough”. Child beauty pageants, range from ages three to eighteen, but some even have baby categories. These young girls are plastered on with make-up, high cheeks bones, “perfect” smiles, perfect bodies their hair is tossed and curled, all ... ... middle of paper ... ...can often effect girls even in to their adult years having long term effects. These girls often deal with depression, low self- esteem and eating disorders. The girls are taught to always be the “best” and when they are not they are losers, these girls grow up with that mentality which affects her everyday adult life. They will often have a fear of failure or losing. When they do not do their “best”, they can suffer from depression or feeling of worthlessness. It is said that these pageants help build these confidence but it is clearly that is hinders more than helps, most of these “competitions” have girls questioning their self-worth or always second guessing their abilities. Girls are taught that appearance is the only thing that matters and they are always being judged. Child beauty pageants are more hurtful then helpful for girls, even in their adult years.