Beauty Pageants Effects

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Each year around 5,000 child beauty pageants are held worldwide. Kids of all ages are signed up by their parents to be told by complete strangers whether they are worth a trophy or not. Many might argue that child beauty pageants can be fun and provide an opportunity for skill development, but they negatively affect the mental and emotional growth of many children because they are too young to deal with the pressure pageants put upon them and there 's always healthier ways to acquire useful skills. Beauty pageants originated in New Jersey in the year 1921 to help boost tourism in Atlantic City. Beauty pageants soon after became a popular part of American culture. In the 1960’s, child beauty pageants came to be. The first ever American …show more content…
There are talent sections and prize categories for sections other than beauty, but those do not get as much attention. Most talent portions of beauty pageants are usually limited to two minutes or less. That is not nearly enough to balance out the amount of attention bestowed upon the physical appearance of the child. This teaches the children, both participants and those watching at home, that talent matters, but never nearly as enough as looks. Growing up with this mentality can lead to an abundance of problems including personal and …show more content…
They are looking to outlaw the participation of children in events where they will be judged by their appearance as this can possibly harm the child’s health and physical, intellectual, psychological, and spiritual development. Parents who allow their kids to participate in such events will pay from 4,000 to 5,000 roubles, which is the equivalent of 114-142 American dollars. Officials who license these events can be fined any amount between 40,000 and 50,000, which is the equivalent of 1,140-1,420 American dollars. Companies who organize the events can be fined from 800,000 to 1 million roubles; the equivalent of 22,800-28,500 American dollars and the company can be forced to suspend their work for three months. Foreign citizens who break the law can be detained and deported. Similar rules to these exist in France and Southern Russia (“MPs Seek Nationwide Ban”

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