Beauty Pageants : A Part Of American Society Essay

825 Words Nov 4th, 2015 4 Pages
Beauty Contests don’t serve any purpose
Beauty pageants became a part of American society in the 1920’s. Child beauty pageants began in the 1960’s. Approximately 250,000 children participate in child beauty pageants in 100 beauty pageants all over the U.S. A child as young as three may take a part in a beauty pageant. Parents today are the reason to beauty pageants for children. They put their children in front of the stage light to build up their confidence rather then distorting their self-image. It is often the parents will be continuing the tradition of pageantry that they experienced themselves. The psychological effect of a child participating in a beauty pageant at an early age can have a long term effect on a child. Taking a closer look at a child’s self-esteem and self-image, when a child takes a part in a beauty pageant. Beauty pageants today do more harm then good because the girls are to young to say no, pageants are sexualizing little girls, and beauty pageants can cause cognitive and emotional problems.
Today society puts a lot of pressure on people (girls especially) to meet a very high and unreasonable standard of beauty that they have literally made into a competition, only demoralizing those who participate. A reality show Toddlers & Tiaras, shown on TLC takes little girls and makes them look like grown women by putting make-up on them and dressing them in inappropriate outfits. Toddler & Tiaras is teaching little girls to look…

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