Negative Effects Of Beauty Pageants

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The Negative Effects of the Child Beauty Pageant By: Pamela Wingate English Composition 2 Individual Assignment 1 April 29, 2015 The first beauty pageant geared towards children was the Little Miss America Pageant which took place in the 1960’s in New Jersey. Originally participation in these pageants was intended to be for young girls between the ages of 13 and 17. Since then these pageants had a steady following. However, over the past few years the child beauty pageant has gained mass popularity thanks to popular television shows such as Toddlers and Tiaras. Shows like this have the purpose and goal of glamorizing these events. However, there are many attributes of the child beauty pageant that are considered to be unfavorable. Banning child beauty pageants would benefit all of the children involved and society as a whole. While some say that placing a child as young as three or four years old in a beauty pageant is a positive experience and would teach many valuable life lessons to these young children, it should be stated that as a whole beauty pageants change a child’s view of not only themselves, but of others. These pageants are teaching children at a very young age that looks and clothing are the most important things in life. These poor children spend too much time judging the looks of others and ignoring the most important part of a person, child or adult, the inside. These girls (and sometimes boys) grow up thinking that they have to look a
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