Child beauty pageants were organized for entertainment. Years ago, people did not have computers, smartphones and TV-sets. They could not go to the cinema or theatre every day. They required additional ways of entertainment in order to amuse themselves and cope with stress. Children did not have enough entertainment too. They went to school and played at home. It was interesting to them to take part in a contest of this kind. On the other hand, these beauty pageants were different. They did not attract enormous audience, money and advertising. Every contest was for fun and amusement. Children could enjoy these contests and treated them like a simple game.
Nowadays, the situation has changed radically. An average child beauty pageant is a loud event, which involves stress, money, bribe, cheating, jealousy and anger. Many girls take part in such competitions, because their parents impose their will on her. They want to see their little daughter the winner of this contest in order to calm down their pride and egotism. Moreover, they want to win money with the help of their child, because every pageant receives solid funding from various patrons and corporations.
A beauty pageant is stress. Children have to perform in front of the big audience. Obviously, it affects their nerves and wellbeing. They are overloaded with tasks and responsibilities. They have to speak about themselves, learn poems and songs, dance, pose in front of a camera and wear tons of makeup. It does not worth mentioning that children must not wear makeup, because it can cause harm to their skin. Parents should teach their children to maintain their natural beauty, because when a little girl wears makeup, it affects her skin badly.
Next, a contest of this kind teaches little girls to appreciate the wrong values. When a girl takes part in the competition of this kind, she believes that her appearance is more important than her character, mind and feelings. Girls believe that they should strive to look better, because it is the only way to express themselves and to make others like and respect them. Very often, beauty pageants make girls become arrogant, selfish and vain. They think that they are better than other girls and they behave in this way all the time.
I guess child beauty pageants are quite useful for children though. I should say that it is the best experience for a child to learn how to behave in front of the big audience. This experience improves one’s self-esteem, courage and ambitiousness. A child copes with this challenge and she is able to take part in various school plays and use this skill in adulthood. Moreover, a child gets used to social relations and develops her active social position. Finally, it is a good chance to earn money and scholarship, because many organizations provide winners with various financial prizes and discounts on their goods and services.
Many people think that child beauty pageants should be banned. I find this issue very disputable, because the participation in this contest provides children with numerous benefits. On the other hand, these competitions are quite ‘cruel’, because they exhaust children and affect their psychological health, mind and worldview.
Low self-esteem is a big problem in today’s society. Beauty pageants don’t help. Girls with “perfect bodies” strutting around in skimpy swim suits with their teeth whitened and every piece of hair stiff from all the hairspray. Before it was just grown women but today we face a whole new type of beauty pageants. Now instead of 21 year olds there are toddlers and tweens. These pageants sometimes cause parents to abuse their children without knowing it. Children are taught that some kids are better than others and other bad life lessons. The pageants make or break children. They either end up as snobby and egotistical or with low self-confidence because they lost the pageant to a girl that didn’t have the most expensive dress or a famous modeling coach.
My first reason is that the parents sometimes abuse their children without knowing it. A little girl screaming, begging her mother not to ‘tear it off’ as she’s held down in a chair for a brow-waxing is not just insensitive on the mother’s part – it’s abusive. Putting your four year old child through hours of hair-dying, waxing, extreme dieting, tanning, and who knows what else so she can look like Madonna is child neglect. I don’t see a difference between repeatedly ripping your kid’s hair out in the name of beauty and repeatedly hitting your child in the name of authority.
My second reason is that kids are taught unhealthy life lessons like that self-worth is in physical beauty only. These lessons can change kids for the worse. If you were taught that if you weren’t beautiful you would never be a winner, how do you think you would act? Would you be a nice kid that accepted everyone, a good role model for all, or would you be a snobby kid that only talked to people that were “cool”? Most of the pageant moms don’t take losing well. Instead of having good sportsmanship they blame everyone else if their kid doesn’t win. Kids are like sponges. They are going to see their parents behave this way and then they’ll think that it’s okay to act that way.
My third and final reason is that these pageants can make or break a child. What will happen to the kid, regardless of whether they win or lose, is unpredictable! If they win they might not change. They could remain sweet little children. Or they could end up as snobby and rude little monsters. On the other hand, if they lose they might be fine. They could just move on with their lives and try to win the next pageant, but the loss might take a big chunk out of their self-confidence. The parents yelling at their kid doesn’t help. The kid could end up with very low self-esteem.
I think child beauty pageants are a bad idea. Kids may be abused by their parents, without the parents knowing they’re doing anything wrong. The kids are taught unhealthy life lessons and the pageants can make or break a child. There may be pros to child pageants but the cons outnumber them. Child beauty pageants should be outlawed.
“It doesn’t matter if you can breathe. It matters if it looks good,” says the mother of a beauty pageant child. Child beauty pageants have recently become more popular, especially since the beginning of the TV show Toddlers and Tiaras. While many parents find nothing wrong with entering their children in pageants, it is the wrong thing to do. It’s not that I’m against all beauty pageants. I have a friend who participates in pageants. She was crowned Miss Massachusetts Teen Queen last year. However, children should not be entered in beauty pageants until they are old enough to make their own decisions. Kids 9 and under should not be allowed to participate in beauty pageants.
The object of child beauty pageants is to win money, a big crown, and occasionally other prizes like a bouncy house or a teddy bear. The parents coach their kids to win, no matter what the cost. The girls have “rivalries” with other girls who do pageants and they aren’t even 8 years old yet! They will literally seek out their competition to tell them that they’re ugly and say that they’re going to lose. Encouraging such competitive nature in little kids could carry over to when they’re older. Life isn’t about always winning, and people shouldn’t be telling their kids that. Some beauty pageant parents argue that sports will do the same thing to kids. Sports, however, are different. Sports encourage being a team player. The kid would be part of a group working toward a common goal. That’s not what beauty pageants do. If only older kids were allowed to do pageants, they would be more mature. There wouldn’t be as much insulting and viciousness among the girls. Beauty pageants wrongly teach little kids that the only way to be happy is to win.
Often, kids in pageants don’t want to be in pageants, but their parents will enter them in anyway. Entering them in is one thing, but some of the things parents force their children to do are far from acceptable. Parents are forcing their children to get spray tans even though their children are scared of the menacing machine. They put fake eyelashes on their kids, even when their kids start crying and tell them to stop. Some parents even go as far as having their daughter getting her eyebrows waxed. That is a painful process that many adults are fearful of doing. It’s almost a form of child abuse. They’re putting their kids through all of this physical pain and the kids ask them to stop. Parents are literally dragging their children to pageants each weekend. The parents claim to know what’s best for their little girl. What’s really best for their kids is to let their child pick what they want to do for fun. If the kids were older, they could really let the parents know whether they liked it or not. They could communicate their feelings without throwing tantrums and be taken more seriously by their parents. Kids shouldn’t be forced to do something like pageants that they don’t want to do.
Child beauty pageants have kids dressed up in age inappropriate clothing. Parents dress them up in costumes that are definitely too promiscuous for someone that age. A few examples from Toddlers and Tiaras are a girl dressed up as a prostitute from Pretty Women and a girl’s mother putting in fake breasts and fake butt padding for her Dolly Parton. Most costumes have cuts in the sides or in the back that reveal a lot of skin. This is teaching little kids that dressing this way is ok. They don’t feel uncomfortable in clothing like this, so they let their parents put them in it. When they’re older, they might wear clothing that is similar, although it’s not appropriate at that age either. If the kids doing pageants were older, they would feel uncomfortable in that clothing. They could refuse to dress in it. Also, these parents are exposing their girls to possible pedophilia. Competitions showing little girls prancing around in skimpy dresses are like heaven for pedophiles. Some little, innocent pageant girl could be the main focus of a pedophile’s dark fantasy. Parents should not be dressing their kids so proactively.
Child beauty pageants send inappropriate messages to young girls about how they should act in society. Child beauty pageant contestants are taught that if you look pretty, you win prizes and get love from mommy and daddy. These girls are put in huge frilly dresses, given fake hair pieces, caked in makeup, and are already getting spray tans. Their developing minds will determine that being pretty is the best thing to be in life. Older kids may understand the difference between what happens onstage and what happens offstage. However, little kids may interpret it as meaning beauty is the only thing that matters. A girl named Daisey Mae was on Toddlers and Tiaras. She was 8 years old and she said “Facial beauty is the most important thing in life.” That is exactly what I’m talking about. These girls grow up learning one skill: how to be pretty. Women spent over 72 years fighting to be seen and heard as more than just a pretty face. Over the past 10 years, there has been a 270% increase in the number of girls being hospitalized for eating disorders. Some of these girls are as young as 7 years old. Many of the girls with eating disorders have them because of body image. Beauty pageant girls are becoming anorexic just so they can be pretty and win trophies. Now, I know that some pageants these days have “talent” sections. However, upon observing talent sections on Toddlers and Tiaras, I can tell you that most of the girls’ talent is dancing. However, their “” is really just walking around onstage to music in yet another sparkly outfit. There isn’t much talent there. Pageants send the wrong message about beauty to little kids.
Child beauty pageants are not something that little kids should be participating in. I propose that kids 9 and under should not be allowed to do pageants. They are not only demeaning towards girls, but they also teach many erroneous lessons to little kids. If the only girls allowed to enter were older, I think the pageant world would greatly improve.