For example, a lot of the beauty pageants now a days are corrupted by money, greed and popularity. Sana Hassan author of The Psychological Effects of Beauty Pageants on Children, “Gone are the days when innocence and missing teeth were considered cute. Kids in child beauty pageant competitions am to look attractive and are sexualized, even as toddlers. They wear revealing outfits, flippers (fake teeth for kids who are missing front teeth), and heavy make-up. Girls in these competitions are sexualized so early on in their lives.
With shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, young girls are facing harsh realities of adults choosing which child is the prettiest, the most charming. Many now wonder if competing in beauty pageants adversely affect a child’s development. Beauty pageants deprive children of their confidence and childhoods because they lower girls self esteem, they force children to look and act like adults, and they teach young girls about unrealistic beauty standards, and other negative messages. Beauty Pageants deprive children of their confidence and
Many parents force their children into the pageant world before they are even old enough to talk, so they have no say in the decision (Padmore). They try to live through their child in order to try to fulfill their own aspirations of fame and fortune. Often times they do not consider the risks they are taking when signing their child up for pageants. According to Martina M. Cartwright, many pageant parents exhibit “princess by proxy.” This occurs when adults are primarily driven by the social or financial gains earned by their child’s accomplishments, regardless of potential risks for the child. They want their child to be the best, because it makes them feel better about themselves
About 250,000 children participate in child beauty pageants every year, and the number is only increasing. This activity is considered as one of the growing businesses in America which earned over 5 billion dollars every year (Lindsey, 2013). These beauty pageants will sometimes cause parents to abuse their children without knowing it. The Children may be forced to join the contest and they will be taught some kind of bad life lessons. So, the four main reasons why child beauty pageants are harmful are: Firstly, child beauty pageants may lead to overconfident.
Parents forcing their children to participate child beauty pageants is obviously coming from dismal, over educated, upper middle class individuals who have never been inebriated by the spotlight. Spotlights, the runway and overwhelming applauses are what motivate young children to take an interest, despite the fact that parents likewise have a tendency to be a piece of this excursion also. Reckless parents compelling their child to this contest and obliging them to be the winner in any way for money and fame. Child beauty pageant is a type of child abuse that make children have less confidence. The environment the child is
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”.
But for the last few years, the concept of child beauty pageants has flourished, especially in the United States. It may look like a fun “dress up” game for little girls. But it is something much, much more serious. You never know what happens behind the curtains. How are moms actually destroying their girls by forcing them to participate in such contests?
Also, “While you’d think pageant parents would know better, ugly rivalries between them often emerge in the competitive field. Instead of fostering a sense if camaraderie between the children, many moms target their child’s biggest competitor with gossip and criticism” (“4 Reasons to Keep Your Daughter Out of Children’s Beauty Pageants”). A child's biggest role model is their parents. So when kids see their mom being disrespectful and rude, they think that it’s okay to act this way. Overall, some people are under the impression that child beauty pageants are beneficial, but really they teach children to be too
The popular TLC hit reality TV show Toddlers & Tiaras focuses its lens into the dark world of child beauty pageants. Critical reaction to TLC’s show has been mixed from the media, with some calling it ‘must-see TV’ while others brand it as ‘offensive’, ‘outrageous’ and even ‘exploitative’. I believe that not just Toddlers & Tiaras but any show that is like this should be banned from TV. Such programs are manipulative and damaging, to both the cast and viewers. I don’t believe this is right, and if you do; read on.
The effects and solutions on hypersexualization of young girls In the article “Toddlers in Tiaras” by Skip Hollandsworth, the author covered on the topic of precocious sexualization of young girls, especially toddlers who are competing in pageants. The author did not as to so much state his opinion on the topic but he quoted many other people of their opinions. As our society becoming more advanced, the media becomes more outraged. Television shows and advertisements are competing for the spot light. They are essentially aiming at the younger generation.