Child Beauty Pageants
by Rachel Whitaker, Associate Editor

Some folks in Australia are up in arms about a children's beauty pageant that is coming to their shores from the U.S. Children as young as one month old can compete in this event in July. According to news articles, "children don extravagant outfits and often have fake tans, full make-up and professional hair styling." "The participants are judged on facial beauty, overall appearance, personality and talent." (The girl in the picture, Eden Wood, is 5 years old.)

One opponent, a child psychologist, thinks these pageants border on child abuse and should be illegal. "How could it possibly be good for young women's self-esteem to be lined up and compared to one another solely on the basis of their external appearance?" he asked, adding that these types of events are linked with body image problems, eating disorders, and depression.

Another spokesperson for those who oppose the pageants said: "We don't want to see children judged on their beauty. All children are beautiful just as they are. And children should be allowed to look like children without being made up to look like adults."

On the other hand, some parents whose children have participated in pageants say it's no different from a music performance or a competitive sport. It's a fun event that helps kids practice being in front of an audience. "It also helps in their modelling, their deportment, their stage presence, their confidence, which then travels over into everyday life—when they apply for a job or how they conduct themselves in their jobs," said one parent.

What do you think? Should kids your age be participating in beauty pageants? Is judging people based on their looks the same as judging them based on their musical or athletic talent?



+1 #17 puff 2014-09-03 17:28
I say that all things like that should not be permitted because God looks on the inside beauty not the outward apperance.
+5 #16 TheCoolNerd 2012-07-16 14:30
I learned that a cheap glitz pagent is around $1,200 I'm sorry but that's crazy do you know how many homeless people you could feed or how many children you could save with $1,200 from each mom. But no " I have to spend $1,200 to push my daughter in a compe***ion she doesn't want to do so I can win back HALF of my money in savings bonds" are you serious?!?!?!?
+4 #15 TheCoolNerd 2012-07-16 14:24
Uggh there kids not human dolls that parents can live out there life through your sending your kid mixed messages "your beautiful but let me just finish this pound of makeup"
+5 #14 angel4422 2012-07-04 02:19
Ok my cousin is just becoming a christan and she used to watch this show called dance moms. It had a lot of bad words but is like toddlers and tiars but with dancers and that they haved to be perfect at everything. It says girls have to faboulus to be rich and nice. Kids are justperect they way they are, no one has to be in beauty pagents or on tv to be beautiful.
+7 #13 TheCoolNerd 2012-06-30 19:21
there little girls not dolls, Honestly most parents do this because there living their dream out through their daughters. Why don't you just tell your daughter she's beautiful instead of putting her in a compe***ion that will destroy her self esteem.honestly this is not anything like a compe***ive sport kids choose to do those this is chosen by the parent
+5 #12 TheCoolNerd 2012-06-30 19:14
UUgh Eden nothing against her but her mom pushes her too hard i don't watch toddlers and tiaras but my friend does one *** whose a christian believes the lord gave her her daughter to be in beauty pageants its not my daughter but yeah terrible and one mom took her daughter out of what she loves gymnastics because she was making too much muscle and her daughter didn't even want to be in pageants god knows your beautiful so you don't have to let everyone else know
-2 #11 Gods princess 2012-04-29 02:24
iam not sure :sigh: but i think that it is fine as long they know that looks arnet every thing and you dont use tooo much make up. i just want to be a servant of god! :lol:
+15 #10 hippigirl11 2012-04-14 21:01
I personally think its wrong because I've experienced it. My mom put me in a child beauty pagent. Granted I won first place and didn't use any makeup ;-) , but still my Mom realized how wrong it was after the first pagent. I don't even really know where my trophey is. So those little girls tropheys will eventually become just an ordinary thing. Espesially if they have more than 3 first places. It just makes more spoiled.
+14 #9 Violingirl1 2012-04-09 03:09
i actually thought that girl in the picture was an actual doll! really, this is a bad example for the kids. :-|
+21 #8 dance4Jesus 2012-04-08 23:56
God made your body in HIS IMAGE! You are beautiful just the way God made you.

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