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Hong-Van Nguyen Becca Lindgren Gina Reed Ronny Orlandini MWF 9-9:50 English 102 Grade: 59/100 Child Beauty Pageants Beauty pageants are one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. While interest in adult beauty pageants has diminished over the years, child beauty pageants are flourishing. Should parents be able to force their children into such a “tool aimed industry?” Are pageants a way of allowing children to explore their childhood, or should measures be taken to avoid such controversy? Child beauty pageants became a part of American society in the 1960’s. Children ages one to thirteen could compete in these pageants, which were “originated as a marketing tool” (Nussbaum). As years passed, “pageants served as political, educational and entertaining events” (Nussbaum). Child beauty pageants consisted of modeling sportswear, evening attire, dance and talent. Children are judged on having the “complete package,” such as looks, poise, perfection and confidence. School aged children were “researched based on the influence competition has on their education and self- confidence” (Nussbaum). In the pageants, children are divided into groups by their age. If needed, parents were able to introduce their children to the audience. Growing up, most children are taught that beauty is only skin deep and that real beauty lies within. They are told to love people for who they are, not what they look like. Yet everyday, parents contradict such morals by entering their children in beauty pageants to compete in a “game” where winning and losing are based solely on physical characteristics. Many children are never even given a choice, they are simply pushed into it by parents who vicariously thrive on their adorable offspring (Hoover). The unfortunate reality about beauty pageants is that they mirror certain societal values that stress appearance and status as the most important attributes. Television shows, advertisements, and beauty magazines emphasize the need to be beautiful and skinny with flawless features. Due to this abundance of publicity, children develop eating disorders, depression, and low self-esteem trying to keep up with the image that society defines as beautiful (Hoover). Beauty pageants merely enhance that theme. Pageant winners develop an egotistical self-image, while the losers are made to feel like unattractive failures. Children are taught that beauty wins recognition, money, the biggest trophies, and the perfect crowns (Hoover). Opponents of child beauty pageants claim that children do as their parents tell them, that the choice to enter pageants it made entirely by the parents. Parents often impose age-inappropriate costumes on their children, such as Las Vegas style rip-away dance outfits, show girls outfits, and heavy make-up (Controversy Over). Such things
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impart negative standards to little girls. Also, the ideals of beauty perpetuated by the pageants wreak havoc on a child’s self-esteem. William Pinsof, president of the Family
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course ENGLISH 102 taught by Professor Brittan during the Spring '07 term at Harrisburg Area Community College.

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