Don't have an account? While adult and teen beauty pageants are often looked at disdainfully, child beauty pageants produce an even stronger negative response. Many critics liken them to child abuse. Opponents of child beauty pageants say they prematurely sexualize young girls and place too much focus on beauty and appearance at an early age.
Proponents say they build confidence and are a family-friendly activity. What is a child beauty pageant? A child beauty pageant is an event created to reward children for their appearance and personality. Every competition has the beauty competition: Most have a photogenic component, some have an interview, and others have a talent competition.
One of the most unique parts of a child beauty pageant is the modeling. Instead of a typical runway walk, child pageant modeling is a set routine, choreographed with facial expressions and spins. An age division winner typically receives a trophy, crown, and age-appropriate prize. While some teens and rarely adults take part in these pageants, most of the participants are under age eight.
Since then, pop-culture attention has intensified as documentaries and television series have focused on the American subculture of child beauty pageants. Conducive to visual media, several child beauty queens have become media starlets even amidst the maelstrom of parental criticism. Much of the negative press is based more on common sense and opinion rather than on scholarship. Little academic research has been conducted on the impacts of child beauty pageants on children.
Popular writers and television producers have filled the void; they sometimes produce insightful work, but other times the final product is biased or unrepresentative, especially among self-published work. We obviously do not have any textbooks or academic journals focused on child beauty pageants or even on beauty pageants, for that matter. Several edited volumes on beauty pageants exist, but they do not discuss child beauty pageants.
Some other general books about pageantry mention child beauty pageants, such as Savage and Lovegrove ; Merino has two chapters on child beauty pageants. The story is similar for Stevens The Stevens volume, along with Scaglia , are two examples of why the reader must be wary when it comes to studying child beauty pageants.
Both of these books were compiled from various Wikipedia entries and self-published. Anxiety is no stranger for these girls either. If at first sight they seem to learn how to be prepared for stressful situation, think of this: And what if she feels embarrassed? What if she would rather like to spend time with friends in her home town and not in some cheap hotel miles away from her house? Then I believe yes, anxiety and frustration are near these children at all times.
These and many other psychological problems can emerge from having to be something that you are not at a very early age. And inner problems are not the only ones. Displaying such a mature look these girls are five or six years old, yet their faces look like those of at least 16 years old may attract unwanted public, such as pedophiles.
Unfortunately, there have been cases of young pageant participants that have been victims in murder cases, so things are not as simple as one might think.
Mothers of these children are usually trying to live their own dreams through their young daughters. Playing dress-up with your daughter can be great, but why transform it into a full-time job?
I also need to mention that these contests usually take place on weekends, so the children that also go to school have no free time to invest into building healthy relationships, behaviors, attitudes or follow their own dreams. So many things can be discussed about child beauty pageants, ranging from ethics, parenthood, mental health, development, competition or interpersonal relationships, but I will end the article like this: See your children and invest in their potential , but give them the opportunity to make their own choices and fulfill their own dreams.
You might also like this new article on the same subject: Sexualizing your child is not playing dress-up — Parents and child beauty pageants. I have always had a problem with these beauty pagents. I think sometimes parents take these issues too far and push kids too much. I wanted to be the first to comment, yesterday, but..
When you see grownups doing this, you say: Children should be guided in the sense of knowing their options and make decisions for themselves. Thank you for sharing your opinion and for the beautiful words!
Great site…keep up the good work. A definite great read.. Thts true There was a similar case in India where a girl who was singing in competative talent shows right from the age of 2. At the age of 12, she lost in the first round and she had some of stroke. She could not take up the rejection by the judges, she was admitted to hospital for recovery which doctors say make take years. For some time the news papers highlighted the issue that young minds cannot bear the consequences. But it outcry faded and shows still going on.
Th parents want their kids to start achieving things from a small age. Thank you for your appreciation, Santosh. There is a lot more to be said on this subject… and indeed, the consequences may not be managed right by children of that age.
Even adults have trouble coping with rejection of all kinds…. I discovered this monstrosity in a show VH1 has about this and i wast just horrified, morbid obese mothers pushing their children into being all they never were and always wanted to be. I definately agree with you. I am from Canada and I think that the whole idea of being beautiful is disgusting.
To see these mothers not only allowing their children to be extremely rude to them, say they are the most beautiful, cause their child to scream, have temper tantrums, and most of all eat countless amount of sugar including infants. I think someone should step in and stop these mothers from doing what they are doing — it is so close to child abuse.
Jose, I am an american who has lived all over the world for substantial amounts of time. I agree with your assessments about pageants, however, the world is materialistic and self centered, not just america.
Your post just seemed odd and perhaps out of place. Perhaps Jose comes from a country close to the US, so the contrast is readily apparent. I have certainly noticed what Jose has observed in my area, which is much more extreme than the rest of the country. There are certain attitudes that can lead to a tolerance of inappropriate behavior.
That has certainly been the case in my family, though a nation can certainly have that kind of climate as well. However I have to admit I find it a bit too biased. Trying to be on-topic, my layman opinion is that the real issue with the mentioned case is knowing exactly when to stop. My guess is that parents have a whole arsenal of choices able to cripple the mental health of their offspring, so many in fact, that being a good parent becomes a job better left to the professionals.
There is evidence for the harm. We can debate it for as long as we like, and yet the harm still remains. I would like to suggest we put the burden of proof on highlighting how the benefits could possibly outweigh the known harms.
Mihai, your comment is very articulate and I do understand your point of view. For a journal article, references regarding all the underlying hypothesis and theories should be mentioned. This is not the case for a blog post.
Personally,I believe that just the idea of judging and scoring given features physical ones and not achieved ones sends out the wrong message. I am thrilled to see this topic attracting discussion, because I think it needs to be criticized with much depth and integrity.
I think by taking away all of the innocence attributed to childhood we strip kids of the true value of their youth. If children are never allowed to explore and express curiosity without fear of failure, we cannot expect them to be successful in future obstacles. We stunt our society when we feed into the mentalities that go along with child beauty pageants, and personally it seems ironic to me that they are called beauty pageants.
We accomplish nothing when we cannot even accept the magnificence of childhood as it is supposed to be. Your blog is much appreciated, and hopefully even more light will be shed on such a horrific issue. Coby, thank you for your kind words and appreciation. I am glad readers found this article of interest and that it triggered some social awareness regarding this issue.
As a mother my main concern is keeping my kids safe and provide them with the tools they might need in life. I still can not understand how some parents specially mothers can just take away the most beautiful essence, tenderness and innocence of their child. The first years of life are not only the most important physically and mentally, but they are indeed the most precious…why take them away?
Is our responsibility as parents and human beings to conserve and take care of the lives we bring to this world. I hope with all my heart that kids beauty pageants get eliminated and punished once and for all. Silvana, thank you for your visit and wonderful comment! She had natural beauty though!! Nobody paid any attention to her just escorted her off stage. That mother worked very hard to get her daughter there, they lived in a trailer and her mother made all of her costumes.
She had this routine where she carried a snake onstage around her neck. That one episode changed my whole opinion on beauty pageants. Thank you Jennifer for your visit and comment. I understand what you are saying about appreciating natural beauty and efforts, but why should these be judged and rated in the first place? Thank you so much for this information.
Me and my friend are doing a research paper on this topic and we found this site very helpful. I could not agree with you more about children in beauty pageants.
I look up to you as a role model for my future child and I would never put my child through such a harmful experience like that. I am so happy that you found it to be useful to you and you friend. The blog also has a feature that regards asking questions and getting answers from our team. So, if you need more guidance with your paper, do not hesitate to contact us! Well there are two sides of everything, so I believe there can be found some positive aspects regarding beauty pageants.
All I can think of now involves a bit o fun and creativity in making the costumes. I find that most pageants, especially for children, are mostly a battle for the mothers who did not make it themselves and now they put all that force on their children. I am a mother of a 19 month old beautiful little girl, and I would never put her in the situation to be disappointed and left feeling empty because she did not have the longest eye lashes or the prettiest dress!
I think that even the judges in these competitions take it too seriously and do not consider the repercussions that situations like this will eventually have on the childs mind and self worth. Dear Jessi, thank you for your visit and comment and congratulations for your 19 months wonder! May the two of you have a great journey together in life! Another happy aspect was that the father would step in pretty rationally when siatuations required. Again, thank you Jessi for your comment and for giving me the opportunity to share more with you all.
I agree with every point made. I am doing my Junior term paper on this topic, and there are some very messed up things that come out of these beauty contests.
Thank you very much. I would like to say that not all beauty pageants are the same. I would never allow my daughter to enter into a glitz pageant. My daughter, who is 8 has participated in local community pageants that have taught her valuable lessons to carry on with her into adulthood. If you want to be someone you need to practice and learn what you need to do to get there. This teaches them about community service, volunteering and giving back to there community.
Pageants are just another way for her to enjoy what she loves to do. Oh and by the way, I never wanted to do this when I was a child.
If natural beauty was the 1 criteria for entry, most of the kids in the glitz pageants would never even get in the door. But for them to go on and on endlessly telling the poor homely kid how gorgeous they are is not doing them any favors. Eventually the child will either look in a mirror and realize that their face, and the face they wear on the stage are two totally different faces.
Fake hair, fake teeth, fake fingernails, fake tans, and reshaped brows and hairlines do not a beauty make. What they do make is a plastic mask of a face. At times, it seems like the homelier They are, the ruder and more insolent, disobedient, stubborn and nasty they are. Most would benefit greatly by a good spanking instead of feeding them sugar cubes or sticks of candy and bribes.
I agree that some parents are not aware of the ramifications that are often associated with child beauty pageants. There is never an excuse for exposing a child to any activity which carries potential for risk or injury of any form. Education on the different types of pageants in existence helps to clarify some misunderstandings given to ALL pageants in general.
Our society tends to emphasis beauty and youthfulness, while the media engulfs our children publically with messages on how to dress, act and commmunicate. In conclusion, age and stage of development are critical for young children to avoid the extremes of artificial beauty not only biologically, psychologically and socially.
They mature so quickly, brief adventures into the world of pageantry can be a positive experience but to make a lifetime investment of child rearing- pageants are not the place to be. Thank you for your comment. My opinion is that important values, talent, courtesy and so on can also be practiced in a more adequate environment.
Instead, you have a dancer competing with a vocal singer, a model and a cowgirl. In conclusion, I would recommend entering the child in programmes that are conducted by professionals, in order to develop or exercise a talent or interest.
Getting painting lessons, etiquette lessons, being in a choir, taking private canto lessons and so on, seem to me to be more desirable and rewarding and fair!
Child beauty Pageants are disturbing and I believe border on child abuse. To put a three year old through spray tanning, hair extensions dressing up in costumes that are not age appropriate and even going to the extent of giving them fake teeth is horrendous — surely there is a way we can stop these pageants from happening?
These poor children, it is truly revolting. Hi Lucia, I totally agree with you about pageants!! I am doing an essay on beauty pageants and how they should be banned!! Youre information really helped me!! Hi, I am doing my College Comp 2 paper on this topic and I love this article. My major is Psych. I will be citing my work with references to this article.
Thanks for writing this. Idk,it seems like a difficult situation to write about. First of all, welcome to the blog! Well, I do understand your concearn, because I have also seen a few cases of children that are willing to participate in this kind of competitions and have fun doing so.
However, that does not apply to toddlers and decision making when we are talking about a 5 year old is most likely to be influenced by the perceptions and attitude of parents regarding this kind of activity. Poor little Hope from Toddlers and Tiaras had a stroke. Her mother was the most horrible creature on tv I just saw the show this week. She was disgusting to that poor child. She even got her home in a hurry before everything had ended. She should be in gaol on child abuse charges.
She still wants her back in pageants. I wish the welfare would remove the child from her care. Hi, I just wanted to say that I agree a hundred and ten percent with your article!! Children of that age should never be put in a beauty pageant. I believe if the child is old enough to make their own choices in life then they should be able to decide if they want to be part of it, but a parent should NEVER put a child of that age in a pageant.
I am also writing a college persuasive essay on regulating these pageants for children 13 and older and banning them all together for children younger than that. I am having much difficulty trying to find fact as opposed to opinion. Thank you for your comment, Jennifer. Other than that, perhaps getting feedback from those children might also help. The analysis of video footage might also be valid, especially if you can have access to a non-edited version.
Research the available materials, tv-shows, interviews… An build your own opinion and ask the ones of others… specialists like psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, but also listen to the voice of the larger public and the stories that emerge. If you cannot measure how the pageants affect those children in particular, maybe you can see how it affects society.
This article spells out child Beauty Pageants perfectly! I am currently doing my Senior Thesis on this subject and your views are great support for my paper. Thank You so much! I really agree with this article.
I think that it is a very interesting and controversial topic and I am glad that this article has been shared. I think that this topic proves that exactly. I am also currently doing a school paper on Child Beauty Pageants, and this article really caught my attention. You make a lot of good points! I understand that there are some young girls out there that enjoy this type of hobby, but there is no way they can enjoy the intensity of it!
I feel like the mothers are taking the competition overboard. For the purposes of my paper, we are required to contact an expert on our topic. If you would rather me contact you by email, I can do that also as long as you give it to me.
Otherwise here are the questions I have for you:. Do you have any suggestions as to how I should go about my research and where I could find some scholarly sources? Finally, if you were in my position, what would you include in your paper concerning this topic? If you cuold ldet me know your responses as soon as possible I would greatly appreciate it. I am also currently doing a school paper, and was wondering if you could answer these questions for me. If you were in my situation writing a paper, what would you write about and include in your paper about this topic?
How would you conduct research on this topic? Do you have any suggestions for scholarly sources? How do you feel child pageants affect the relationships between the parents and the children? The subject of your paper needs to be something that concearns you and makes sense to you. Perhaps a qualitative research would be more appropriate on this topic and easier to approach. You can use any sort of materials as sources scientific articles from academic databases like ProQuest or EBSCO, video footage and documentaries, books etc.
I am doing a persuasive speech on how beauty pageants are bad to the minds of young girls. I wanted to know if I would be able to use part of this article! I just need this in MLA format with the:. I just wanted to say that I am doing an essay for my Sociology class on the negative effects that beauty pageants have on a childs personality and I found this very helpful. We hope we will find what we are looking for.
We both dont believe in pagents because its all practicly child abuse but we will try our best and use this site for reasons or just get some idea. We hope that maybe we can use some of yours but rewrite them in our own words.
Once again we hope to find your site helpful with our debat and constructive speech. I loved your article! I thought having maybe you could give me some recommendations.
Thank you so much! I am writing my college argument essay on the negative effects of beauty pageants on children, and this helped me a lot! Loved this article and I usually dont read much. Although, when i heard about this article i absolutely had to read it and i completely understand the negative effects of these beauty pageants on these innocent little girls. Keep up the great work!
I came across this while researching for a persuasive paper in my english class, and I just wanted to say it helped me a lot. Lots of information to help develop my points. Great article, and keep posting! Please sign this petition: I am actually doing a research paper for my developmental psychology class.
Are there any other resources or studies you could suggest on this topic. I really enjoyed your article, but need a lot more for my page paper. As the mother of a teeneager involved in pageantry, I know that you have done very little actual legitimate research into the world of pageants.
You have also made some unfounded assumptions. You may feel your background gives you the authority to write such an article, but this is simply your opinion on pageants. Of course I was also entertained by how everyone acted on that show. This website is indeed a blog and there is no need to be assuming things you do not know for sure. Especially if you are the pot calling the kettle black in this specific situation with assuming things.
This is just her opinion on this topic and I found it was very useful for information as well as a point of view. She has great facts to back everything up. I am involved in pageants in the teen divisions, so I know where you are sort of coming off from and what you may have been trying to point out.
As you were saying because of the mention of you being a mother of a teen who competes in pageants. So thank you for saying those things so I could feel very smart for being able to clear everything up for you to understand.
Please do not take this response personal, but next time before you post something like that, you may want to think about what you want to make a point about and how to say it before typing it and posting it for everyone to see. Michelle, I was a child that was put into pagaents and most of the things said are true!
Now have a great day!! And that picture is still really really creepy. I stumbled across this artical while actually researching pageants to enter my daughter in. She has been in one pageant. She was 11 months at the time. It was glitz and natural. I entered her in the natural division and she had a blast walking across the stage with mommy.
In fact she couldnt wait to get up there after our practice walks. Her dress was a simple cotton dress with pink roses embroidered on it, a rose headband was her only accesory. She took first place for her age division, and best smile. Everyone had fun including her. I saw nothing wrong with having her in it, it was in the spirit of fun.
I plan on continuing with having her in pageants, teaching her that not taking home a prize doesnt matter, not letting makeup and hair take away from her natural beauty, and NEVER making her do anything she doesnt want to, even at her young age she does and always will have the choice of walking up on that stage.
You didnt address this in your writing. Little girls love dressing up pretty. It does not have to be a negative or trashy thing. We do it in the spirit of fun! I did address the positive aspects of pageants and also stated that these results can be achieved otherwise too.
I wrote more about this in the following article: And although I do understand the essence of your message and your intentions, I am going to say that an month-old is not capable of context-means-goals-result analysis. A child at that age reacts at the immediate stimuli: Again, this can be achieved otherwise. Tisk Tisk TIsk, Lucia. This information is so helpful! Thank you for your very distinct outlook on these horrible child pageants. I do so much for my kids. Julia is 7, hvweoer, and she does shower herself, pick out her own clothes and dress herself.
She can get herself a snack after asking permission, of course. I still comb her hair, but mostly because she has so much of it!
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