Do you feel that putting young girls between ages of 3-12 in pageants (with the makeup and the outfits) can have a negative effect on them? Is it telling them the wrong thing about what should makes someone beautiful? If you have a daughter or plan to one day would you place her in a pageant at those ages?
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Some time ago we had a documentary in the UK about children's beauty pageants in the USA. The outfits on some of the little falsely matured kids made them look like strippers, cowgirl outfits with cut-outs and some I would not care to describe.
The telling aspect for me was that only the parents of the children are allowed to attend, I feel that said it all ... this is a totally inappropriate activity when there are many other types of contest such as spelling, athletics, essay writing, arts and crafts and so on. A cared for child whose intelligence has been nurtured is a joy to talk to and to share one's creative thoughts with in a way that will enhance what they are doing. Is that not enough? I have taught a child who had a facial disfigurement and a speech impediment ... yet the sparkle in her eyes when she had made huge progress and made us all proud of her was more beautiful than any child in a pageant could hope to offer through fake tan, fake eyelashes, fake lips and fake second-hand pseudo femininity. Let them be children and let us try to let them have a real innocent childhood.0