For example, this author stated,“When children compete, they develop confidence and learn skills such as poise, good sportsmanship and, in most cases, how to lose gracefully. Overall, the experience boosts their self-esteem”(Are child beauty pageants beneficial for children?") Eventually, trying to become “perfect” takes over the brain. Therefore, the life skills they once learned from beauty pageants as a child, go out the window. A mother of child in pageants said, “... the children 's pageant world "brings a lot of kids out of their shells"(“Innocence in Evening Gowns").
Child Beauty Pageants Throughout the U.S., a horrible act is done to little innocent girls of all ages. This act is called child beauty pageants. Girls from all ages are used as a way to earn money, or awards. A lot of the time, the girls don’t even want to be there! Their parents force them to do it.
There are not child beauty contests, but there are really similar things to them. It is entrance exam. In Japan, the competing of entrance exams is really hard, especially the entrance exam of university. This exam is very important for children and their parents. Like a beauty contest, parents often try hard to their children to enter famous and intelligent university.
They were created to give teens a chance to dress up and compete, something they would do anyway around their house, while learning important life skills. Beauty Pageants have a positive impact on female adolescents because they teach resilience, prepares women for real-world situations and teach females to have self-confidence.
Girls in these competitions are sexualized so early on in their lives. Children who take part in these competitions are brought up putting a huge deal of focus on outer appearances, which can cause substantial emotional and psychological damage. Children learn their values while they are young, and beauty pageant participants grow up thinking that a woman 's worth comes in part by how attractive they are. Girls in the competitions, and even girls who watch these pageants on TV, are learning that they need to look a certain way to look attractive.” As these children grow up, they are going to strongly fail at relationship, as normally people have been men 22% have cheated on their spouse if these girls grow up to be “perfect”. They are going to take it extremely hard if a man cheats on them.
Child beauty pageants, on the other hand, do not have such fatal influence on them. It is certainly quite natural that many parents wish for their children to grow up to be “wholesome,” but children also have their own will, no matter how young they are. If they want to participate in beauty pageants, parents should not restrict them because of their unilateral desire or the social ethics. This is the very objectification of their children, which happens by overprotection. Thus, the protest that child beauty pageants should be banned does not have any logical reasons.
For instance, “Beauty pageants are beneficial to society because they supply contestants with necessities such as communication, confidence, they foster goals, and teach discipline”(Wickman). But, beauty pageants teach young girls to be competitive. First of all, “The chronic competitiveness of 5- and 6- year olds is often hard for parents to handle” (Levine). If children are already competitive, throwing beauty pageants into the mix isn’t going to make the situation any easier to deal with. Also, “While you’d think pageant parents would know better, ugly rivalries between them often emerge in the competitive field.
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).
This is why I think child beauty pageants should be banned because they get sexualised and also their confidence/self-esteem will be lowered at such a young age. People are convinced that the contestants only turn up on the day and prepare on the day. However, this is not the case, because the contestants go to extreme lengths to win so they will prepare all year, this shows the pageants are being drummed into their brains 24/7. A two day rehearsal then takes place before the show to ensure that everything can go without a glitch. This is basically the theft of childhood, there is plenty of time as an adult to face this pressure without competing and failing at such a tender age.
A Flawed Beauty Pageant Today in society we see many new things, some being interested and some being not so interesting. Though many are eye appealing and entertaining are they really as good as we make them out to be? Now we see little girls not even in Junior High performing in beauty pageants. These pageants are both helpful and harmful to them, by this I mean there are pro’s and con’s but that’s in everything we do, right? The problem with this is that these kids are young and haven’t even started planning their future because it’s not important to them at this age, but as parents we forget that the things we use are harmful and not healthy for the kids even while they are beautiful and performing in front of a ton of people.