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Are Beauty Contests a Good Thing for Young Girls?

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Emily Fountain

on 14 November 2014

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Transcript of Are Beauty Contests a Good Thing for Young Girls?

Are Beauty Contests a Good Thing for Young Girls to Participate In?
Negative Side of Pageants
A child beauty pageant is a beauty contest featuring contestants of 2-12 years of age. Competition categories may include talent, interview, sportswear, casual wear, swim wear, western wear, eastern wear, southern wear, northern wear, theme wear, outfit of choice, decade wear, and evening wear

Began in Atlantic City,New Jersey
in the 1920's

Form of entertainment
"People are sick if they can see anything sexy about a little girl"
~Vanessa Woods
End Results
Children are bribed to practice and prepare for pageants

A child's innocence is taken away when they are trying to achieve a "beauty queen" image

Experts agree:
Influence on self-esteem, body image and self-worth
Issues with self-identity
Struggles with:
Body image
(Cartwright, psychology today)
Sigmund Freud's Psychoanalysis Theory

Enact Social Change
Understand the issue
Inform others
work together
set goals
Works Cited
American Psychological Association
hypersexualized media content

(Henson, CNN)
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