How many of you have heard or seen the reality TV show: “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”, or the more renowned; “Toddlers and Tiaras?”. It is a show where little girls below the age of ten, appear on stage wearing loads of makeup, tons of spray tan, with their nails done, fake hair and fake teeth to be judged on their beauty, personality and costumes. Parental ambitions make their children socially challenged, Leading them to feel unconnected to other children and even resulting in permanent mental and physical damage. The parents have gone to extreme measures to ensure that their child is the best. At this rate the show should be called: “Barbie’s and Tiaras”.
Imagine being 10 years old or younger, having to show off for older audiences. Being judged based on looks and being pushed to be the best. Being forced by parents who can be verbally abusive, saying hurtful words. How does this make a little girl feel? Unfortunately, this is the sad truth when it comes to child beauty pageants.
Imagine living in a world where life revolves around spray tans, botox, fake eyelashes, and young girls walk around in inappropriate outfits. Most girls are pressured to be perfect in the society of beauty pageants. Many of the children’s parents are making their children grow up too fast. These parents pressuring their children can lead to bad communication skills, as well as bad relationships. Children are focusing on their beauty and not their education, or relationships.
In addition, children participating in these contests are largely forced by their mothers to participate and to make transformations with the aim of winning. This subjection, generates in children a disturbance in their personality and creates in them a wrong concept of beauty, as well as leaving aside important factors such as the intellect and personality. For this reason, beauty contests exploit their participants both physically and psychologically. More and more children are involved in beauty contests, "Children are the fastest growing segment of the beauty pageant market, with annual child competitions attracting approximately 3 million children, mostly girls, aged six months to 16, competing for crowns and cash. Babies, brought to the stage by their mothers, are commonplace, "said Schultz and Murphy (2017).
In this article, Ms. Masters mentions how society has made this doll out to be something negative, thus later causing this doll to be been ridiculed and demonized. However, this hasn’t stopped the progression that this doll has made influencing society stating that “she can go for as much as $12,000.” What’s your secret Barbie/Mattel? How can a doll producing so much publicity still be a role model for young girls and grown women galore? As mentioned earlier in the song “Barbie Girl”, one quote stood out the most to me.” Imagination, life is your creation…” this quote embodied all of what we want. Your imagination can run wild.
Social psychology is essentially the study of how human beings interact, behave and think around others. It is rooted in explaining the various different experiences we face each day in our social lives. Nowadays, film-makers try to depict these psychological phenomena in their movies to make them realistic. One such movie stars Emma Stone, an Oscar winner playing the role of Olive in the film “Easy A”. The film in short describes the high school life of a chaste girl, Olive, who conforms to peer pressure and starts lying about her sexual behavior in order to maintain a certain reputation as well as to help out her troubled friends.
The doll is symbolic of the ways that women themselves have been made to think that 's what they should look like and what they strive for. A Barbie Doll can mislead children at a very young age and feel pressured to look and act in ways such as this unreal figure. When the word Barbie comes to mind, one usually thinks of her unrealistic body type-busty with tiny waist, thin thighs, and long legs; yet less than two percent of American women can ever hope to achieve such measurements. Who wouldn 't want to be all of that? As we grow up we realize it is all unrealistic and unachievable
Unsurprising and expected, beauty pageants have always been a spectator event, Watching women march across a stage and feeling at their best. Since the main part of a pageant consist of appearances, it is said to tear down self esteem. In a beauty pageant for special-needs kids in kentucky, Lisa Zahradnicek, the mother of a contestant; said, “‘ It has really helped her to be more confident’”(Strupp). Zahradnicek’s daughter now has confidence to accomplish her dreams, and all because of a beauty pageant; A pageant that supposedly tears down things like confidence. Most importantly, another perspective comes from an actual contestant in a pageant.
Roshlina Bajracharya(St119465) Sudeep Manandhar(St119553) Child beauty pageants: Aesthetics of Deception “Everyone is beautiful in their own way” seems to be an obsolete slogan for the children these days where as “The code to social hierarchy ladder is aesthetic beauty” is more into play. Children Beauty pageants today is a ritual for kids to testify their worth. Focus on aesthetics and sexuality has become synonymous to standards of value perception of beauty. Focusing on physique, make up, hair treatments has surpassed education, playfulness and innocence in defining child standards. We agree on the fact that beauty pageants are a way of boosting child’s confidence, exploring talents, promising and rewarding career with big cash prizes which
As I scanned the internet for answers, I later realize that there are several back stories about a woman’s journey in becoming a beauty queen, and majority of the stories weren’t as good as expected. Beauty pageants could lead women to under so much pressure because they think they are “not yet beautiful.” Contestant would become restricted from truly being themselves and fully accepting their bodies. Pageants provide great platforms and open countless doors for women, they also