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Child Beauty Pageants
Transcript of Child Beauty Pageants
What are child beauty pageants?
competition whereby children parade their outfits of choice and display their talents to win the heart of the judges
winners are crowned and receive trophies or cash
similar to adult beauty pageants
How it all started in America?
B.T. Barnum started parading girls in his well-known circus
In 1921, an Atlantic City hotel owner began using beauty pageants as a market tool to boost tourism
Over time, more modernized pageants were established around the world, like Ms America
Due to overwhelming response, age divisions were established, which lead to child beauty pageants
Should children be encouraged to participate in beauty pageants?
No, children should not be encouraged to participate in beauty pageants as young children are not ready to bear with the physical, emotional and mental stress that comes with it
Argument 1 : Build false confidence levels
Child's confidence levels can be boosted as they are performing in front large crowds
Parent, Phyllis Jones wanted to give her 9 year old daughter, Meaghan some exposure to public speaking as she was a shy young child
Child is building false confidence levels on stage
coated with layers of make-up, fake tans
pressured by attention-starved mothers to look like perfect "dolls"
put on skimpy costumes and act out age inappropriate actions forced by their coaches or mothers
4 year old Maddy with fake C cups & padded bottom
2 year old Mia with Madonna's cone-bra bodysuit
6 year old in tiny top & short shorts
leads to eating disorders
unhappiness brought by body image issues leads to depression & anxiety
high importance placed on physical perfection
Argument 2 : A waste of money
national pageants hands out up to $75000 in cash & prizes
get a chance to win prizes : cash
Money spent on the preparation is often more than the prizes
pageant registration fees
one-time wear constumes
puts young girls at risk for adult body dissatisfaction
for the child's education
to go on family vacations where the child can learn and experience new things
The money should instead be saved
Improve rules of child beauty pageants
skimpy costumes, excessive make-up, wigs and fake tans should be completely banned
If authorities fail in doing so, government should ban child beauty pageants
builds false confidence
a chance to win prizes
affects child development
Children should NOT be encouraged to participate in child beauty pageants
3 year old Paisley in Julia Robert's costume